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.


The "More Caring Messages" Greeting Card Contest Winners

A photographer, a dedicated friend, a doctor: each of these individuals brought a unique point of view that resulted in a winning card in the “More Caring Messages” greeting card contest from CaringBridge and Hallmark Cards. The winners included Holly Hildreth of Columbus, O.H., Elaine Mathis of Irmo, S.C., and Dr. Michelle Brosnan of Roslyn… Read More

Abby Brown, Breast Cancer Survivor

A Story that Started Right Here: Journaling About Cancer

Writing is something I have always enjoyed (well, with the exception of required research papers.) But a busy lifestyle as a teacher and mother hadn’t allowed time for much more than an annual holiday letter these past years. Being on a medical leave during my breast cancer treatment brought my fingers to the keyboard, though…. Read More

Clara and Liam after his infant kidney transplant.

An Infant Kidney Transplant: Liam’s Story

At just two months of age, baby Liam was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure. Not exactly what you think you’re going to hear when you think your baby has a case of terrible colic. Liam’s startling diagnosis came with a realization that the health of their baby in grave danger and he needed an… Read More

Kaitlyn, Jessica, and their family after Kaitlyn came home from the NICU.

Finding Support for a NICU baby – Kaitlyn’s Story

In 2002, Jessica Frider gave birth to her first child, Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn had suffered from a lack of oxygen during birth, which caused global brain damage and led to a variety of health difficulties, including cerebral palsy. Kaitlyn was in the NICU for three weeks before Jessica was able to take her home. Reaching Out… Read More

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Lisa – Brain Aneurysm Survivor with her family.

Life & Recovery after a Brain Aneurysm

Lisa remembers getting up early one morning, taking a walk with her church group, then having a cup of cup of coffee. She looked at her watch and realized she was going to be late to her personal training appointment. And that’s all she remembers for the following five weeks, save for some medicine-induced dreams…. Read More

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Hallmark "Caring Card" contest winners

The Heartwarming “Caring Messages” Greeting Card Contest Winners

When words of hope and love sprout from personal experience, they warm your heart. For proof, just take a look at the winning entries in the “Caring Messages” greeting card contest from CaringBridge and Hallmark Cards. During National Family Caregiving Month in November, CaringBridge and Hallmark asked people to design inspirational greeting cards that celebrate… Read More