Wellbeing

Wellbeing should mean health and happiness, in equal measure. But as we have learned over two decades at CaringBridge, it is, indeed, possible to find wholeness in each moment, even when physical health is not guaranteed. Wellbeing for many of the people who use CaringBridge is an ongoing process of physical, spiritual, emotional and relational betterment. It is an essential element of every health journey.

Wellbeing

How to Point--Gently--Toward Healing

Mary Farr, left, with JoAnn Hardegger, mother of Baby Brighid, the namesake of CaringBridge, at a November 2017 event marking the 20th anniversary of CaringBridge and launch of the How We Heal series. Pediatric hospital chaplain and ordained minister Mary Farr’s new book, “If I Could Mend Your Heart,” has a deep connection to the… Read More

Zach Sobiech Family
Wellbeing

Writing: A Process of Healing

The Sobiech Family of Minnesota in 2011, in the midst of Zach’s treatment for osteosarcoma. Meet more CaringBridge families who shared their stories in the How We Heal series.It was eleven o’clock at night, everyone else was in bed, the only sound was the steady ticking of the oversized pendulum clock that hung on the… Read More

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Emily McDowell on empathy
Using CaringBridge Wellbeing

The Only Wrong Thing to Say is Nothing at All

Empathy card creator and lymphoma survivor Emily McDowell said she believes the most supportive thing you can do for someone on a health journey is to be willing to show up, stay present, and listen. Emily McDowell of Los Angeles, creator of Empathy Cards for illness and grief, and co-author with empathy scholar Kelsey Crowe… Read More

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James S. Doyle
Wellbeing

How Life Can be Lived With Hope, Even in Trying Times

While his hope in life has been severely tested, Jim Doyle says he has chosen to redirect his energy to what is possible, instead of impossible. Jim Doyle, husband, father of five sons—including two sets of twins!—and author of “Hope for Life: Being Your Best Self When You Need It Most,” reflects on ways in… Read More

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Exercise after cancer diagnosis
Wellbeing

Exercise After Cancer Diagnosis Can Offer Physical, Mental Benefits

It used to be that rest was favored over exercise during and after cancer treatment. But research continues to support the “prescription” to get moving. Cathy Skinner is a cancer exercise specialist certified by the American Academy of Sports Medicine, and author of “The Art of Well’s Exercise for Cancer Recovery.” Based on her experience… Read More

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