When Betsy was diagnosed, I had never heard of CaringBridge. It didn’t take long for this amazing organization to become an integral part of our journey.

CaringBridge was founded in 1997 as a free service allowing people faced with serious health challenges to create a personalized web site. CaringBridge sites help keep friends and family informed, and they provide an online gathering place for people to offer support and encouragement.

I created a CaringBridge page for Betsy a couple weeks after her diagnosis. It immediately became a source of great comfort and community for us. Betsy would read the comments posted on the site and I could see it lift her spirits and give her strength. The site also helped me connect to the vast network of people who were supporting us, making me feel less isolated in my role of caregiver.

Over a period of about four years when I was actively posting on CaringBridge, the site received more than 62,000 visits. It was an overwhelming reminder that we were not facing the battle alone.

To learn more about CaringBridge or to support them in their efforts to provide this free service to patients and families, please click here.

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