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5 Best Ways to Be a Caregiver’s Cheerleader

In 1998, my mother Bonnie was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer, and in 2001 she was stricken with liver cancer. As a nurse, my mother was the one providing care for others. She was even a caregiver for her mother, my Grandma Bessie, before she passed away in 1997 at the age of 94. But with her own cancer […]

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Three Generations, Together Every Step of the Way

“We have walked some places no others would want to walk. Things have changed in our lives.” – Becky R. Rebecca was a first grader when she was admitted to the hospital with pancreatitis. Her grandmother, Becky, focused on two things: healing for her granddaughter, and to walk along side her daughter and son-in-law, Christyn and Brian, during a very […]

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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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Jeff and Mary’s Story: Lives of Purpose

“I didn’t let cancer destroy me and we didn’t let cancer destroy our family. In some way he is living through this new life.” – Mary A Journey Based in Love Mary is full of life. She’s vivacious, spunky and some would even say feisty. But this story is not just about Mary – it’s about Jeff too – and […]

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How to Support a Friend in the Hospital

You’ve just found out a family member or friend is in the hospital. You want to show you’re thinking about them. What would help the most? Flowers, a visit? Or maybe something to help them pass the time? We asked CaringBridge families – the true experts – how to support a friend in the hospital. Here’s what they said: 6 […]

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