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.

Stories

Mom of Transplant Patient: 'Let Our Hearts Beat Again'

Christin and Paul Gigstad with their son, Carson, showing a 3-D print of his original heart, given as a gift by Mayo Clinic on the first anniversary of Carson’s heart transplant. In July 2017, at the age of 13, Carson Gigstad of Savage, MN, went from what his parents assumed was a perfectly healthy life… Read More

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Losing Mom, Finding Spirituality
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Losing Mom, Finding Spirituality

After losing her mom to cancer, C. Estelle Smith was inspired to make a shift in her doctoral program at the University of Minnesota to study online spiritual support during health journeys. You can never know where tragedy will lead. In my case, the tragic loss of my mother in 2015 led me to team… Read More

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Darrin, JoAnn, Sona
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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-two 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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CaringBridge Founder: Hug Your Mom Every Chance You Get

In a four-generation photo, I am holding my oldest son, on the day of his baptism. My Grandmother, Bessie, is at left, and my Mom, Bonnie, is at right. My Mom, Bonnie, has been gone since 2001. She didn’t get to see any of my three boys graduate from high school, or college. I miss… Read More

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This is How We Show Up

Since its launch in 1997, CaringBridge has offered a safe place for hundreds of thousands of patients and caregivers to turn after diagnosis, illness, injury, premature birth … any health crisis. Our Vision reflects how families and loved ones like you see CaringBridge: A world where no one goes through a health journey alone. Even… Read More

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The Hammond family reads bedtime stories.
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Family Feels Power of Prayers Through CaringBridge

The bed-time routine in the Hammond household includes Brittany and Walt reading a book or two … or three … to Deacon and big sister Olivia, followed by prayers. By the time Deacon Hammond of Bryan, TX, arrived into the world on Oct. 10, 2016, his CaringBridge site had been up for three months and… Read More

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