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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 and slippers half on. “Not […]

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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 will power. Reflecting on this […]

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How Bob Survived Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Bob Kaufman wasn’t used to a slow-paced life. Once a producer on the nationally televised CBS: This Morning, he’s now the chief communications officer for the state of Texas Department of Transportation. He also ran marathons, played lacrosse, golf and more. “Physical fitness is in my DNA,” he says. But in 2009, he started to struggle to keep pace. That’s […]

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Meet the Match: Give the Gift that Helps CaringBridge Thrive

When you work at CaringBridge, it really provides perspective on a daily basis: Gratitude for what we have, gratitude for what we can provide to others, a group of people who understand that life is not always easy, but there are things we can do to ease the struggle. So while we’re not unwrapping literal gifts on our 19th anniversary, […]

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Honoring the Story that Started It All, 19 Years Ago

June 7, 1997, was the day baby Brighid was born. And with her birth came the birth of the first CaringBridge website. I created it so that my dear friends could tell their story and get support when she really needed it. The response it got, both from Brighid’s parents and Brighid’s followers—flipped a switch in my brain: Other people […]

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4 Steps to Get Organized: Important Documents and Passwords

Sometimes a big event touches off a nerve that spurs you to get your affairs in order, especially if it involves your health or the health of a loved one. But, really, it’s never too soon to organize important documents and records and store them in a safe place, with all your user names and passwords written down—and no, don’t […]

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