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

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

Mary shares her husband Jeff's journey with pancreatic cancer.

Jeff and Mary’s Story: Lives of Purpose

“I didn’t let cancer destroy me and we didn’t let cancer destroy our family. In some way he is living through this new life.” – Mary A Journey Based in Love Mary is full of life. She’s vivacious, spunky and some would even say feisty. But this story is not just about Mary – it’s… Read More


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

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

Ben & Ashley, and one second that changed their lives

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

Ben & Ashley, facing the unknown, together

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