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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Stories

Life After Stroke: 3 Ways to Keep Aphasia From Getting in the Way of Good Conversation

Three years after experiencing a shower emboli stroke, CaringBridge author Christine Richards of Wyoming said she still speaks with a “stroke accent.” Chris is living with aphasia, an effect of stroke that can make communication challenging for those on the speaking and listening sides of a conversation. “Aphasia didn’t make me not intelligent,” Chris said…. Read More

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Stroke survivor Christine and her husband Loren
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Family Defines the New ‘Normal’ After Stroke

Stroke survivor and CaringBridge user Christine and her husband, Loren Three years after a shower emboli stroke left her in a non-responsive state for 10 days, followed by two months at three different hospitals, Christine Richards’ health journey continues. She speaks with what she calls a “stroke accent,” and her grammar and penmanship fall short… Read More

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Kelly Espy
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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

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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

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Katie and Mike with their son Will
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Family Makes Own Path After Childhood Cancer

Katie and Mike with their son, Will, a childhood cancer survivor After your child has had cancer, thinking about the bigger picture is hard. It puts you in a different state of mind. I have to keep myself from going down scary paths. But then I look at my son, Will, doing typical, 3-year-old things…. Read More

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Michael Bischoff
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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

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