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.

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Wellbeing

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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Wellbeing

Life After Diagnosis: How Illness Changed My Identity

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 will power. Reflecting on… 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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Keeping Hope Alive

You may recognize Gavin—we’ve shared his CaringBridge story before, and his charisma is second-to-none. But in case you haven’t met, you must hear Gavin’s extraordinary story: Gavin was a normal 5-year-old kid—loving dinosaurs and full of energy—until one weekend he developed watery eyes, which turned into unusual eye movements, which turned into a trip to… Read More

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How to Support a Friend in the Hospital
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How to Support a Friend in the Hospital

You’ve just found out a family member or friend is in the hospital. You want to show you’re thinking about them. What would help the most? Flowers, a visit? Or maybe something to help them pass the time? We asked CaringBridge families – the true experts – how to support a friend in the hospital…. Read More

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Mom, Always - A Place for Moms to Connect
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Connecting Moms When They Need It Most

“I feel better right now than I did this morning and that is what I am going to appreciate. I have my son, husband and cat right here on the couch with me. Bella (daughter) is off, happy with a friend for an overnight, and life is good. People all over are holding us up… Read More

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