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.

Why Share Your Story
Wellbeing

Why Share Your Story? During Illness, Storytelling Can Help Healing

Dr. Annie Brewster and her husband, with their children In the words of treasured American author Joan Didion, “We tell stories in order to live.” Stories connect us as human beings, and help us find meaning in this sometimes-baffling world. As a patient living with multiple sclerosis, I know this to be true. Stories have… Read More

Archelle Georgiou
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A Doctor Reflects on Decision-Making During Health Journeys

Archelle Georgiou, author of “Healthcare Choices” Archelle Georgiou, MD, is a storyteller, physician, former healthcare industry executive and author of “Healthcare Choices: 5 Steps to Getting the Care You Want and Need.” Here she reflects on decision-making during health journeys, the power of social support, and differences between health and healing. Can you describe your… Read More

Dr. Annie Brewster discusses how letting people in to her multiple sclerosis journey was freeing—for everyone involved.
Wellbeing

Letting People Into Your Health Journey

When I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, shame consumed me. Guilt, too. I am not sure I could have named these emotions at the time, but they were there anyway, and they lingered for years. These feelings of shame and fear kept me cut off from myself and from others. My greatest fear was… Read More

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gardening therapy
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Gardening Therapy: Plus, You Get Strawberries

“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do. Plus, you get strawberries.” —Rob Finley, Designer, Gardener and Collector I grew up on a farm in Southwestern Wisconsin. I’ll admit that yes, on occasion, the cows did get out. I can still replay my grandmother darting out of the kitchen door, hands waving… Read More

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Dr. Annie Brewster writes about her experience with identity changes after a life-defining diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and the power of story to heal.
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Life After Diagnosis: How Illness Changed My Identity

Photo by John Soares In 1986, when I graduated from high school, I was voted “most likely to climb Mount Everest.” I thought I would do it, if not actually, then at least symbolically. I pictured my life unfolding as a linear ascension to some theoretical summit, with the journey fueled by my vision and… Read More

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Chiloe's Community Gives Her Strength
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It’s All About Community

Chiloe Kottke is an emergency room nurse, so when she started to not feel well, she knew to book an appointment with her doctor. Mammogram, ultrasound, biopsy, diagnosis: Invasive ductal carcinoma level 2 of 3. Two days later, she had a CaringBridge website up and running. “I knew that I wanted and needed the support… Read More

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