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Allowing Myself to Lean In

Allowing Myself to Lean In

When we wake up in the morning, most of us can predict what life will look like. As our eyes begin to open and our brain begins to function, we awake with some semblance of a general understanding of what the day may hold for us. Unless one moment disrupts any […]

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Finding Support for a NICU baby – Kaitlyn’s Story

Kaitlyn, Jessica, and their family after Kaitlyn came home from the NICU.

In 2002, Jessica Frider gave birth to her first child, Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn had suffered from a lack of oxygen during birth, which caused global brain damage and led to a variety of health difficulties, including cerebral palsy. Kaitlyn was in the NICU for three weeks before Jessica was able to […]

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A Devoted Father with Guillain-Barré Walks His Daughter down the Aisle

Caitlin and her dad on her wedding day after his Guillian-Barré Syndrome diagnosis and recovery work.

After a business dinner in Virginia, 59-year-old Bob C. felt ill enough to call 911. Good thing he did: just hours later, he was unconscious and on life support. Doctors struggled for weeks to tease out his eventual diagnosis: Guillain-Barré Syndrome. His daughter, Caitlin, found out her father was sick […]

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Finding a Positive Outlook to Help Others Heal

Candice and Tim S. – Skydiving Recovery

When Candice S. learned her husband, Tim, had been in a skydiving accident, she was more than 60 miles from the hospital—a three hour drive in rush-hour traffic. The doctors at the trauma center filled her in on the injuries when she arrived: fractured skull, three brain bleeds, and split […]

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Hope After a Diagnosis of Li-Fraumeni

Hope after Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Diagnosis

The thought of trying to keep everyone updated on both Brent and Laura’s conditions was overwhelming, especially as part of Brent’s treatment involved spending months in New York, 500 miles away from their home in Ohio. CaringBridge, Ann says, has allowed her to stay connected to friends and family, as […]

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