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About Katie Dohman

Katie Dohman is a freelance writer living in West St. Paul with her husband, two babies and two rescue mutts. You can find her on Twitter @katiedohman.

Katie's Posts:

Telling My Story

“I have cancer, and I’m telling you that I have cancer.” Stephanie Hunter was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in May. Disorienting enough as it is to wrestle with a new diagnosis, she also had to figure out how to tell everyone about it. “I was confused,” she admits. She started with the multiple phone calls, texts, emails and Facebook messages. […]

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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 and prayers from our family […]

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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 the hospital. His mom, Nicole […]

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Unexpected Bumps, and a Community to Get Them Through

Earlier, we met the Bushaws: Expecting parents who had their expectations turned on their heads when they discovered they were awaiting mono/mono twins: a high-risk, highly rare case of identical little boys. At Natalie’s twenty-eighth week, she was admitted to the hospital for monitoring and spent seven weeks there before the birth took place. During those long weeks in the […]

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A Tale of Two Babies

The journey to becoming a parent is rife with surprises. From the first positive test to all the rest. They’re supposed to be happy ones—or, at least, fulfill those parenthood rites of passage. With that optimism in mind, Ben and Natalie Bushaw set off to their first ultrasound. There they received the first of many giant surprises: It wasn’t just […]

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From Feeling Alone to Moving On

Earlier, we met Ben and Ashley. When Ben survived a near-fatal head-on car collision during his morning commute, Ashley, his steadfast girlfriend, took on a caregiver role. During his time in a coma and as he recovered from a traumatic brain injury and multiple bodily injuries from the wreck, Ashley stayed by Ben’s side and ran his CaringBridge website. The […]

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