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.

Bushaw family
Stories

Unexpected Bumps, and a Community to Get Them Through

Earlier, we met the Bushaws: Expecting parents who had their expectations turned on their heads when they discovered they were awaiting mono/mono twins: a high-risk, highly rare case of identical little boys. At Natalie’s twenty-eighth week, she was admitted to the hospital for monitoring and spent seven weeks there before the birth took place. During… Read More

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Bushaw Family
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A Tale of Two Babies

The journey to becoming a parent is rife with surprises. From the first positive test to all the rest. They’re supposed to be happy ones—or, at least, fulfill those parenthood rites of passage. With that optimism in mind, Ben and Natalie Bushaw set off to their first ultrasound. There they received the first of many… Read More

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Young Heroes Who Deserve to Be Famous

Stories of celebrities and sports stars dominate the news. And sometimes those news stories are about celebrities doing good deeds for someone going through a health event. It’s heartwarming to see stars like Johnny Depp and Taylor Swift show up in the hospital and make someone’s day. Celebrities In the News – for all the… Read More

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Ben & Ashley, moving on after a traumatic brain injury
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From Feeling Alone to Moving On

Earlier, we met Ben and Ashley. When Ben survived a near-fatal head-on car collision during his morning commute, Ashley, his steadfast girlfriend, took on a caregiver role. During his time in a coma and as he recovered from a traumatic brain injury and multiple bodily injuries from the wreck, Ashley stayed by Ben’s side and… Read More

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Ben & Ashley, and one second that changed their lives
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One Second

CaringBridge was the breath of air that we needed after being trapped underwater. One second. That’s all it took. In one second, the life that I loved was turned upside down and shaken out on to the cold, hard ground. Ben, my boyfriend of 7 years, and I were ready to start planning our life…. Read More

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Ben & Ashley, facing the unknown, together
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Facing the Unknown, Together

Nothing bad is supposed to happen to young people. They are full of potential and good health and nearly invincible. At least that’s how it seems it should be. Ben and Ashley, on the verge of some of life’s biggest moments—engagement ring shopping, house hunting—found their lives changed in an instant. It was a sunny… Read More

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