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Our Caregiver Family of the Month – September 2013

The Power of CaringBridge: connection

Every month, CaringBridge recognizes a caregiver or family that brings to life our mission to amplify love, hope and compassion in the world.

CaringBridge was happy and proud to welcome our September Family of the Month recently when they visited our Minnesota headquarters. Rhonda Z., her husband and eldest daughter spoke to the staff about her breast cancer journey, her recovery and how she is making an impact within her community.

Rhonda was diagnosed about six years ago and staged her recovery over the next year, supported love of her family and friends, many of whom stayed connected on her CaringBridge Site. “I am amazed at how many lives are touched by this site,” she says. “I see it as the old fashioned ripple effect.  When I update my journal, the message goes out as an email or text to so many people that I have no idea how far my words may reach in the world.”

Supporting it Forward

With her cancer in remission, Rhonda wanted to help those who were experiencing a similar journey. So with another friend and survivor, they started the Pink Prayer Warriors. The group’s aim is to reach out to individuals who are on a cancer health journey to make good on the CaringBridge Mission: amplifying the love, hope and compassion they receive when they need it the most.

The Pink Prayer Warriors send “care packages” with items like candles, chocolates and information about resources, and they utilize CaringBridge to help everyone stay connected. “By spreading the word about how much my CaringBridge Site helped me connect with my loved ones, I been able to share what a great tool the site is.”

The Power of Connection

For Rhonda and her fellow Warriors, connection, support and community are important elements for anyone’s health journey. Whether it is a package, a card or a few simple words of love in a Guestbook comment, showing someone you are there for them through the good and the bad is a necessary part of healing. “I heard from people I have never met and shared their love and concern with me. I think ANY and EVERY guestbook entry I received was a wonderful experience.”

Share This Post, Then Tell Us What Supporting Others Means to You

Do you have a story like Rhonda’s, or know of someone who supports others in an amazing way? The CaringBridge community would love to hear about it. Share this post, then use the section below to write your comments.


About the Author:

Laura Ashburn is the Editorial Specialist at CaringBridge. She contributes to blog content, utilizing her M.A. in English Literature and Writing.

Comments

  1. Shirley •

    This is a wonderful way to minister to people all over the world about GOD’s grace and mercy.
    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

  2. louessa •

    Great; God bless you and your family this is an awesome site, my daughter Janet Morris in Cochrane alberta is on this site as well,, she just had last last chemo treatment yesterday for breast cancer ..I will keep you in my prayers.

  3. Dorothy •

    I can fully relate to what you are saying about your cancer journey and the sharing of support from loved ones and friends. I am cancer free now and would like to give back and pay it forward for the many people who were there for me. It was a life changing experience and I have many people to thank. I am also glad I found CaringBridge community. I had breast cancer and every possible side effect I could have had I got and then some with three hospitalizations. I’m grateful to God to be here.

  4. abdilrzak •

    very nice