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.

Family of retinoblastoma patient Davis O'Donnell of Fulshear, TX

'I Am in Awe of This Community'

Lianne and Doug O’Donnell with Davis and Evelyn at No Label Brewing Company in Houston, a family-friendly brew pub where the O’Donnells often gather with friends who have supported them trough Davis’s cancer journey. It was Lianne O’Donnell’s mom who first mentioned CaringBridge to Lianne and her husband, Doug, after their infant son, Davis, was… Read More

uicide attempt survivor Kevin Amundson prays with his parents and sister.

How We Survived Our Son's Suicide Attempt

During Kevin Amundson’s long recovery after a suicide attempt, his parents, Dave and Amy, and his sister, Jessica, found strength and peace in prayer. In September 2014, undiagnosed depression led our son, Kevin, who was 20 at the time, to attempt suicide. It was a very serious attempt, that involved a gunshot wound. He was… Read More

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Jaxson and Judy Martinez

'So Many Blessings Have Come Through CaringBridge'

Judy Martinez lifts her son, Jaxson, to ring a bell that signals the end of active cancer treatment. Diagnosed at 2 with neuroblastoma, Jaxson is now 6. And a survivor. You have provided a way for our family, friends and community to be superhero strong for our 6-year-old son, Jaxson, through years of cancer surgeries,… Read More

Scott Family

Over Long Health Journey, CaringBridge Becomes Family's Blog

The Scott Family of Jupiter, FL: Toby, left, Abby, Jennifer and Charlie. In January 2008, during a 26-week prenatal check, my husband, Toby, and I learned that the right femur of our future daughter appeared to be half the length of her left femur. Though we didn’t have a name for it at the time,… Read More

Hanna and Tom Cooper

On the Topic, 'I Would Never Write About My Health on Facebook'

CaringBridge author Hanna Cooper gets a kiss from her husband, Tom Moberg. Social media keeps Hanna Cooper connected—on her terms. As a leadership and executive coach based in St. Paul, MN, Hanna uses LinkedIn and Twitter professionally. As a wife, mom, friend and neighbor, Facebook serves a social purpose. But it is through Hanna’s unexpected… Read More

Skordahl Family fighting childhood leukemia

Mom of Toddler With Leukemia: Live in the Moment

As the mom of a 4-year-old son in the midst of cancer treatment for leukemia, I need my precious Jack to be surrounded by love. Your support of CaringBridge makes that possible. My silly, happy, well-spirited boy has a full year left of chemo that gives him stomach aches and a face rash. One of… Read More