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.

Darrin, JoAnn, Sona

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

My Mom Bonnie

CaringBridge Founder: Hug Your Mom Every Chance You Get

I am standing next to my Mom, Bonnie, in this family photo from fall 1990. I was pregnant with my second son; this photo was taken 7 years before I launched CaringBridge. My Mom, Bonnie, has been gone since 2001. She didn’t get to see any of my three boys graduate from high school, or… Read More

Kelly Espy

After Losing Sister to Cancer, ‘Doing Good’ Opens Door to Healing

Kelly Espy first came to work at CaringBridge after losing her sister, Amy, to osteosarcoma. Fourteen years ago, at the tender age of 27, my sister, Amy, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a serious bone cancer. At first, she was reluctant to create a CaringBridge website to keep family and friends informed, because she didn’t think… Read More


20 Years, 675,000 Stories, One You: Share Your Story

The First CaringBridge Website Twenty years ago this June 7, our founder, Sona Mehring, coded a website in her home office that changed the way the world communicates during a health crisis. She had been asked by dear friends in the midst of a life-threatening pregnancy “to let everyone know what was going on.” After… Read More

Michael Bischoff

A Healing Journey: Michael Bischoff’s Story

Michael Bischoff and Jenny Larson, with their children Isaiah and Grace Michael Bischoff started having headaches at the end of August 2015, right when summer turned into autumn. As the weather cooled, the headaches grew more intense and were joined by spells of nausea. Probably migraines, he thought, and went in for an MRI, where… Read More

Berit and Michael Francis, and family

Love Shines Through, Even in Bleakest Moments of Brain Cancer Journey

Berit and Michael Francis with their children, including Marit (flowered hat), a brain cancer survivor My 15-year-old daughter is a brain cancer survivor. She is 9 years out from active treatment, which included surgery, as well as radiation and chemo so brutal I wanted to die just watching her go through it. Healing Power of… Read More