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Melissa Bear

Melissa Bear is a Community and Engagement Marketing Manager with CaringBridge. She is a mom with two under five, one a little diva and the other managing ADHD. She is dedicated to making the world a better place. Topics close to her heart: health support management, early childhood education, and caregiver stress.

Redefining Normal: Coping with ADHD

Redefining Normal: Coping with ADHD

The definition of normal is “a person who is conventional or healthy.” But to a parent, normal means—will my child be okay? Will they be happy? Will they be accepted and have people who truly know and care about them? These are the things that ran through my head when […]

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Celebrating Caregiver Month with a “Recipe for Ripples”

How to create ripples

How to Change the World, one Small Act at a Time Even the biggest revolutions start small. First, an idea. Then many modest acts which, like ripples on a pond, spread out, overlap each other, and suddenly surge into something that changes millions of lives. CaringBridge staffer Melissa Bear believes […]

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Spreading the culture of caring

The culture of caring grows, one person at a time.

Following my mother’s battle with cancer, the question that arose for me was, what do I do with all of this? “This” being all of the feelings of loss, pain, missed moments, and the big unanswered question — why? I had to decide how I would harness and use this […]

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How does a martyr ask for help? She doesn’t.

Caregivers should realize that there’s a whole network of people willing to help them.

Back to my status as martyr. For some history on this, read my first blog post, Top 3 reasons why I’m a martyr…not a caregiver. In dealing with cancer in my family, these unexpected people began to pop up in my life in roles I never would’ve assigned to them. Some […]

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Top 3 reasons why I’m a martyr…not a caregiver

Handling the challenges of caregiving

Why do I refuse to fall into the category called “CAREGIVER?” There are several reasons I never want to be a caregiver. I started collecting them over a decade ago when I first encountered the term. This list wasn’t a conscious effort, it was born out of a cringing response […]

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