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CaringBridge is a place for family and friends to rally around someone after a diagnosis, illness, injury, premature birth … any health crisis. While we don’t keep an A-to-Z directory of diseases and conditions, we share stories and articles of real people, and we honor how they choose to share medical details of their health journeys.

David after his autism diagnosis
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Adjusting to Autism: When Your Normal Isn’t Other People’s Normal

In honor of autism awareness month, we wanted to share some of our staff’s personal experiences with their children’s lives with autism. In this post, Darla shares how her son, David, was diagnosed with autism and the impact on which it has had in their lives. “…they say special needs start at birth, but it… Read More

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Redefining Normal: Coping with ADHD
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Redefining Normal: Coping with ADHD

The definition of normal is “a person who is conventional or healthy.” But to a parent, normal means—will my child be okay? Will they be happy? Will they be accepted and have people who truly know and care about them? These are the things that ran through my head when suddenly faced with the fact… Read More

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Caitlin and her dad on her wedding day after his Guillian-Barré Syndrome diagnosis and recovery work.
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A Devoted Father with Guillain-Barré Walks His Daughter down the Aisle

After a business dinner in Virginia, 59-year-old Bob C. felt ill enough to call 911. Good thing he did: just hours later, he was unconscious and on life support. Doctors struggled for weeks to tease out his eventual diagnosis: Guillain-Barré Syndrome. His daughter, Caitlin, found out her father was sick from a phone call, but… Read More

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Hope after Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Diagnosis
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Hope for Siblings with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome

“You’re only thinking about the medical things—you’re overwhelmed and exhausted and worried, and you don’t have the energy to think about how people can help and in what ways. The people who took the initiative to figure that out for us were enormous blessings.” – Ann R. It’s almost unimaginable. Not one, but two, of… Read More

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Post-reconstruction hope with two women.
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Feeling Beautiful After Breast Surgery

After breast cancer, lumpectomies, mastectomies or reconstruction, many women aren’t sure how to feel about their bodies. You’re dealing with asymmetry, drainage, discomfort and more. And, not only do you look and feel different, so do your undergarments and clothing. Your physical appearance and sexuality is put to the test. Are you destined for ill-fitting… Read More

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November Family of the Month
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Facing Cystic Fibrosis with Positivity and Love

Heather and Michael’s second pregnancy in 2008 had been fairly normal; nothing had been flagged as worrisome as the due date arrived. Within minutes of giving birth to baby Lilly, however, both Michael and Heather knew something was wrong. That first hour proved to be critical. Lilly was rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit… Read More

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