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The Legend of Darla

Backstage at CaringBridge: Happy Birthday to Everyone! Birthdays are a big deal at CaringBridge, and there’s one key reason why: Darla Nemec, our vice president of Finance and Administration. For each and every one of our 45+ employees, Darla bakes up a special treat to share with the organization—that’s 2,650 servings of heavenly delight a year! We had a quick […]

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CaringBridge Lessens the Load

For Eddie and Mary Grampp, life is full of “good distractions” with three active kids all under the age of 5 including one starting kindergarten this fall. Eddie, diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in June 2012 when their youngest was only four months old, continues to work as an animator at Nickelodeon Animation Studios and inspires others with his […]

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The Heart of Hope

I was nervous the first time I stepped through the door of an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge®. It’s a free place for adult patients to stay when their best treatment options are far from home. Despite the hopeful name, I thought it might be depressing. I had no idea I’d entered a place that would significantly impact me. Arriving […]

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Alopecia Awareness, Diagnosis and Treatment

September is designated Alopecia Awareness Month by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF). The purpose of this post is to inform the reader about alopecia areata, a common form of hair loss that affects over 6 million Americans. Alopecia areata (AA) is an autoimmune type of hair loss due to unknown causes. In this condition the body’s own immune system […]

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Breast Cancer: Laughing ’Til It Hurts

As I discussed in my first two posts, I successfully used humor to make it through my breast cancer diagnosis and a battery of tests and doctors. But surgery and treatment are where the rubber meets the road. Until I had my bilateral mastectomy, I had never once been a hospital patient or even had so much as a stitch. […]

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