Stories

We hear this so often: “I did not start a website with the intention of healing. But that is what happened.” Many people come to CaringBridge, at first, to streamline communication during a health crisis. But then the love and hope streams in from family and friends. Sharing their stories helps people make sense of things – and so many things on a health journey just don’t make sense. We’ve learned, too, that even when there’s not a cure, there’s a power in sharing stories.

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Mom’s Diagnosis of Lung Cancer Took Family’s Breath Away

Betsy Bluey Cook with her mom, Cathy, in a photo taken by a dear family friend. My Mom, Cathy Bluey, was insistent that Thanksgiving was coming and she needed to make her pumpkin pies. Sadly, the date was Dec. 19, 2013. The next day, after her MRI revealed gray areas of concern, our healthy wife,… Read More

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Moms Feel Gratitude for Sons' Survival

It’s the simple things, like sending her son, Trip, off to school, for which Erica Bratland remains grateful. In addition to being moms of sons starting a new school year, Erica Bratland, Claire Schwab, Amy Beasley and Nicole Pierson, none of whom have met, have something else in common. Their hearts are full of gratitude… Read More

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How to Talk to a Sick Kid, From a Former Sick Kid

By the start of first grade, Molly M., of Minnesota, had learned the ropes of health care. A survivor of brain tumor surgeries at ages 2 and 6, she had endured enough needle-pokes to take charge of IV technicians aiming for her best veins. On more than one occasion, the freckle-faced kid with bangs looked… Read More

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Sona , Jake and gifts from the heart
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Sona Says, 'Every Gift Comes From the Heart'

Sona works on CaringBridge correspondence in 2004, assisted by her youngest son, Jake, who was 10 at the time. In the early days, the dining room of the Mehring Family home in Eagan, Minn., was called “Suite 200.” And yes, that’s a basket of unfolded laundry in the right corner of the photo! You recognized… Read More

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Children's Minnesota, birthplace of CaringBridge
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To Mark Baby Brighid's 20th Birthday, a Visit to Birthplace of CaringBridge

JoAnn Hardegger, center, mom of Baby Brighid, for whom CaringBridge is named, visits the NICU at Children’s Minnesota, on what would have been her daughter’s 20th birthday. Nurse Kathy Geragi, left, who was on duty in 1997, when Brighid was a patient, and CaringBridge founder Sona Mehring, look at an incubator. In the spring of… Read More

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Parents of Baby Brighid: CaringBridge is Our Daughter's Legacy

Darrin Swanson and JoAnn Hardegger, the parents of Baby Brighid, for whom CaringBridge is named, with founder Sona Mehring, right, and the CaringBridge team in Eagan, Minn. (Photo by David McLain) Twenty years ago, after a pregnancy threatened by hypertension and HELLP syndrome, our daughter, Brighid, was born at 24 weeks. She weighed just 1… Read More

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