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.

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

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Family of the Month - February 2014

This month, we are going to highlight an amazing young girl, her family and the community that went above and beyond to support them during her health journey. On August 2, 2013, Sophia V. and her family received her life-altering diagnosis of stage 4 ryhabdomyosarcoma alveolar. “Our world shattered— we knew something was very wrong… Read More

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This quilt was anonymously donated to the Dean Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Anonymous Generosity: A Cancer Quilt

The Diagnosis After I was diagnosed with cancer in June 2013, I experienced first-hand the significant impact a small, selfless act can make on a patient’s life. Among all the generous acts of outreach and support I received, one anonymous gift—a cancer quilt—stood out. After the initial diagnosis, I went through many tests, procedures and… Read More

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January Family of the Month
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Family of the Month - January 2014

Every month, CaringBridge likes to recognize a caregiver, volunteer or family that exemplifies our mission to amplify love, hope and compassion in the world. On April 11 2013, everything changed for Jeanine N. and her daughter, Jaidan, who appeared to be simply under the weather and in need of some fluids. After three days of… Read More

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