Using CaringBridge

You Have Created a Safe Place to Share, and to Heal

At a 2017 event featuring the work of the How We Heal project, CaringBridge author and brain cancer patient Michael Bischoff, and his wife, Jenny Larson, re-create a moment captured by National Geographic photographer David McLain.

While I wish we had not met in relation to a brain cancer diagnosis, I am so grateful for how CaringBridge has connected our team with Michael Bischoff and his wife, Jenny Larson. Magical things like this happen so often—bringing people together is the essence of CaringBridge.

Michael, of Minneapolis, started a site the day he found out he had a brain tumor. He is now four years into living with glioblastoma multiforme, a cancer with an average survival rate of 18 months.

Healing is Always Possible

And while he hopes for health enough to launch his son and daughter safely into the grownup world—the covenant of parenthood—Michael’s focus is on healing vs. curing. He believes the value of healing is in being able to move ahead, regardless of outcome, with what remains. Here is one of my favorite quotes from his CaringBridge Journal: “Even if I die tomorrow, I still want to celebrate miraculous healing today.” (By the way, Michael is an amazing writer.)

Since his story was first featured in How We Heal, an ongoing CaringBridge project that distills and shares the wisdom of healing from CaringBridge users across the country, Michael has been helping others tell their stories. This has included patients, family caregivers, and even his own oncologist.

Being Open to Receive Love and Support

In Michael’s view, storytelling can shift the focus from fear and anxiety to being open to receiving love and support. As someone who uses CaringBridge, you might see this, too.

As you make possible everything that happens at CaringBridge, I thank you for creating a safe place for stories to be told. And for healing to happen. Your support of the stories and science that have become How We Heal will offer hope and inspiration for years to come.

I also thank you for bringing Michael into our lives. What an amazing gift.

Liwanag Ojala is CEO of CaringBridge.

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Kristen Meister Dec 07, 2018 5:43pm
Michael, Thank you for creating CaringBridge. I was recently shocked when doctors told me I had stage 4 colon cancer. I am 46 years old and just never thought this would happen to me. I felt pretty good. Another cancer survivor recommended CaringBridge to me. I am a fairly quiet person, but I needed all the support I could get, so I took to your site and began writing. I soon found blogging to be therapeutic for me. I was able to sort out my feelings, share updates, and feel the support of family and friends. I know you are fighting your own battle with cancer, but I wanted to say thank you for making such a positive impact on my life in such a difficult time. We may never meet, but know that your work has been a huge blessing to me and my family. Thank you! God bless!