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Since its launch in 1997, CaringBridge has offered a safe place for hundreds of thousands of patients and caregivers to turn after diagnosis, illness, injury, premature birth … any health crisis. Our Vision reflects how families and loved ones like you see CaringBridge: A world where no one goes through a health journey alone.

Even with CaringBridge users spread across all 50 states and 235 countries and territories, we still hear–often –that everyone needs to know CaringBridge is available to support families through the toughest times of life: free, advertising-free, and always protective of privacy.

So with the encouragement of those whom CaringBridge has helped, and the participation of five families who have used CaringBridge over the years, we have created a series of short videos to encourage patients and caregivers everywhere to start a site. Please watch, enjoy … and spread the word about CaringBridge.

And finally, because it is human nature to want to know the stories behind the stories, please take a moment to meet the amazing families who appear in the videos:

  • Abby Scott of Jupiter, FL, was a red-haired toddler in 2009, when her Mom, Jennifer, started writing on CaringBridge. Abby had been diagnosed in-utero with an extremely rare condition called Congenital Femoral Deficiency—her right femur was half the length of her left femur. Over years of hip and knee reconstructions and painful leg-lengthening surgeries, all documented on her CaringBridge site, Abby’s goal has been simple: to have both feet on the ground. Her parents said they have come to regard CaringBridge as their family’s blog, and that they intend to keep posting … forever.
  • Molly Sturgis of Chaska MN, said that after her toddler son, Telly, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, many people assured her that cancer had a silver lining. In 2014, a year during which Telly remained in the hospital for 118 days straight, Molly said she couldn’t imagine any upside to her child’s suffering. But today, as cancer-free Telly turns somersaults in the living room, Molly said her family feels lucky, and blessed. Among her biggest blessings was the support that came through CaringBridge. She said, “It lifted me up when I was at my lowest.”
  • As a U.S Army veteran—82nd Airborne Division—and sheriff’s deputy for 13 years, Jeff Edwards of Herman, MN, had survived many dangerous situations and close calls. So when he broke his neck in shallow water, while on vacation in Mexico in 2015, family and friends back home were desperate for information on what had happened, and how they could help. A friend of the family set up a CaringBridge site for Jeff, which longtime girlfriend Dani Murdoff used to keep everyone updated through Jeff’s surgeries and physical rehabilitation at the Spinal Cord Injury & Disorder Center at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Jeff said that during the months he was far from home, comments posted to his CaringBridge Journal provided inspiration and motivation to heal.
  • Since receiving a new liver in 2015, Chad Methum of New Hope, MN, has not wavered in honoring his second chance at life. Even as memories of edging toward 39 on a scale of 40 for end-stage liver disease become more distant, Chad still takes very seriously his exercise routine and commitment to healthy eating. He is back to walking his dogs with his fiancé, Trista, and plays 18 holes of golf as often as one can, living in Minnesota. Chad said his CaringBridge site is the record of him becoming whole again, albeit now with a 12-inch scar across his abdomen.
  • Over the years that Andre Beasley of Somerset, WI, has faced kidney cancer—twice—his mom, Amy, said she has found in CaringBridge a safe place to turn for hope, help and healing. “So many people have said, ‘Oh, I could never be as strong as you are going through this,’” Amy said. “But with the support that comes through CaringBridge, we know we are not alone.” Amy said she believes that sharing Andre’s story, will inspire more people to treat kids with cancer simply as kids. She said, “They are just average people who have gotten news most people their age have never had to deal with.”

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Norma Selby Oct 14, 2019 7:15pm
My husband suffer a major stroke this year in June he cannot walk lost use of right side cannot talk, I seriously have been asking for help. We are elderly people I have no one to help.
Mary Monson Oct 08, 2019 4:36pm
Dear one, I miss your humor, your crazy food choices, your hugs, your brandy loving company!
Michele Gosling Sep 24, 2019 9:02pm
Hi Tom, Steph, and Noah: love you lots. I am praying a rosary for you every day. Mom Elaine sent me your link. Please know that I am here to help you in any way I can. Just name it. So happy you are home. Love, Aunt Michele
Patty & Henry Martin del Campo Sep 24, 2019 8:03pm
You Pastor George are so very loved. I personally love you with all my heart. I received a miracle when I prayed over my dad. You my father are in my prayers too! It’s a fight that you must fight. Jesus the healer let it be his will, and we will win! God is good all the time!
Connie Cooke Sep 16, 2019 12:16am
Can this be for single elderly adults living by themselves how ever with many medical issues
Carole Brooks Sep 04, 2019 8:14am
Hi Tom, we hope each day is a tiny bit better than yesterday. Love you! Carole and Jack
Beverly McCormick Aug 25, 2019 11:58pm
Hi Mandy. Your post made me laugh and cry. Being a nurse(retired), I was glad to see that you realize nurses rule! Well as you know it is a tightly knit team who thankfully are working closely to keep you in the right direction. all your tears are well earned as yes, a girl has a right to cry! Hang in, keep your sense of humor, know you are well loved by many who are rooting hard (Praying for you).
Tarnise Small Aug 20, 2019 7:15pm
Caregiving is about more than meeting someone's physical needs. It about being able to create a bond with those in need doing the works of the lord encouraging them with love and undivided attention.
Julia thompson Aug 10, 2019 1:08pm
Dani, Hope your feeling better. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. LOVE, julia
Terry pence Jul 29, 2019 8:50pm
I don’t know hoe to sign
Crystal Cobbadams Jul 28, 2019 12:42am
I'm a second time around cancer patient what can I do to help me
Joyce Burrows Jul 20, 2019 7:38am
I have had a site since last November. Please feel free to check it out. Joe Sachs at Caring Bridge. Joyce Burrows, Thanks.
JJ Cooley Jul 17, 2019 12:55am
How do you find folks to support? I love comforting,.nurturing and encouragong others. I would love to find someone who needs to talk, vent, cry, laugh or pray. Helpning others heals souls...theirs & yours!
Ruth Seibert Jul 07, 2019 1:41pm
Have a 79 yr old husband with Beckers Muscler Dystrophy!Has needed me as his caregiver for quite sometime along with hired caregiver!He also has some dementia! No one visits him, so please words of encouragement greatly appreciated! Thank you
Gayle Talbot Jul 01, 2019 6:11pm
I am pretty sure that this IS the first email I have ever received from you, although I have been paying for Long Term Life Ins. from your company for years and years. Your website is of no help for proof of insurance, which is why I emailed you on Friday. I missed a call from you at 9:30am because I was traveling via car and couldn't answer the phone. My mailing address is Gayle Talbot, 1018 W. Rose Ave., Moses Lake, WA 98837. Why can't you just email me a link to my proof of benefits, instead of mailing a copy? I guess I will try again to play phone tag, tomorrow.
Conniefranke Jun 27, 2019 5:23pm
Hi, I'm not sure exactly what this but I am curious!?
Promila Jun 21, 2019 7:17am
Troubles come to test our strength To strengthen our ties within our self and the environment. U R Titanium
kihembo monica Jun 20, 2019 2:50pm
I believe no situation is permanent and life is like a bridge you cannot cross without first crossing the bridge although we pass through health illnesses what we need to do is to accept Jesus as our lord as saviour so that when we have departed from the earth we are able to inherit eternal life .
Tina ALRABBAH Jun 19, 2019 10:29pm
I've been really sick and depressed have a sister that is dying of breast cancer stage 4 breast cancer please pray for her her name is May I'm a little worried about says Sam personal stuff right now I like to see how it goes thank you and God bless you I think I said I'm not personal stuff.
Janelle Kimpton Jun 09, 2019 5:18pm
How do I help people. I live in Columbia SC. I would love to help someone here. Thank you.
Aunt Peg Colosimo Jun 01, 2019 8:21am
Thoughts and prayers are with you Sue, love you.
Ruth Sprecher May 31, 2019 6:43pm
Praying for you. We’re in Wisconsin for Dave’s grandson’s high school graduation. Two days ago, my oldest grandson graduated in Rockford. Busy days. We pray for you often.
Shirley Madison May 17, 2019 12:00pm
I am diagnosed with Cancer on the very back of my tongue. It is inoperable due to the placing and that it is growing inward on the tongue and they would have to take so much of the tongue that I could not swallow, talk etc so it’s going to be treated by Chemo and radiation. Because of its location, I will need. Feeding tube while I am on Radiation as I will not be able to eat or swallow. It is very scary. I will be put under for another biopsy of the tongue it’s self to determine the type of cancer it is so we can decide the exact treatment plan!
Cathy Sund May 17, 2019 11:51am
Have been trying to get a diagnosis for 2 years. After many doctors, tests. rehab, physical therapy they think it is MSA (multiple symptom atrophy. Gait and balance issues..... Anything to share on this condition would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you, Cathy Sund
Jacki McGonigle May 15, 2019 10:52pm
Good news, keep up the good fight. Stay strong. Love, Jacki
Susan Forlenza May 15, 2019 12:05pm
I think this an amazing site. Can people volunteer to help families?
JOY DUHON May 13, 2019 8:52am
Do you have to have a website?