A resource we should know about, if we don't already.

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2011-03-20 16:44:49 -0500
Started 2011-03-17 12:55:07 -0500

Since we all have "medical challenges" (some of us more seriously than others) I would like to let folks here know about a resource called caring bridge. It is a free, non-sectarian (not overtly religious for that matter) place where family and friends are kept updated on a loved one's medical condition.

A loved one could set one up for you to keep people updated on what's going on with you, or a loved one, medically and emotionally. Family and friends can share greetings and encouragement for the patient, share stories from the recent and distant past. It is another link between family and friends who are scattered around the globe, or who are in the next town.

The page to check out how this works, and/or to start a free web page for you or a loved one go to: http://www.caringbridge.org/

I think the best way to set it up is to have someone who is close to you, and know what's going on for you medically and/or emotionally to run the webpage so he/she can make the appropriate notifications should you become unable to post on Caring Bridge.

There are many of you here on DC, I have grown quite fond of, and would like to have some contact outside of DC. This would be ONE way to do that. I would ask you to please contact me via DC email and let me know if you or a loved one has set something up with Caring Bridge, and how I may access the Caring Bridge account about you.

May you continue to live a long, happy and complication free life.

James Baker

16 replies

MAYS 2011-03-20 12:34:50 -0500 Report

This is a wonderful site, and a great idea.
This can be very useful to families and friends as a means to keep everyone within that caring circle up to date on a loved one's health and overall condition.
Thanks for the thought, the article and the information.


Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-19 09:02:02 -0500 Report

What a great site. It can be a challenge to keep people informed when a family member or friend is facing a medical challenge. This would make it much easier indeed. I have had to spend many hours in the past telling and retelling updates on someone's status. Each time I repeated the story it was like reliving what had happened. Way too much stress. Plus sometimes I would worry I might forget to relate some of the concern and comfort expressed to the individual since it was all verbal. With a written record of their actual words the info would not get lost.

jayabee52 2011-03-19 14:19:52 -0500 Report

So I take it you will set up a "page" on the site for someone else, or have someone else who is close to you set up a page for you? If one is set up for you would you send me a link to your page on my DC email?

realsis77 2011-03-18 12:02:04 -0500 Report

Hi! What a wonderful idea! Thank you for posting this James! This sounds like a wonderful service and I'm sure many people will greatly enjoy it! How have you been? Drop me an email when you get a chance? Its always nice to hear from you! Have a great day!

jeffrey9127 2011-03-18 07:39:22 -0500 Report

Hello James. Thank you for posting this. I know of someone who could use this right now. I briefly looked at the site. I am sure people will find this a worthwhile service!

MewElla 2011-03-17 12:58:21 -0500 Report

What a wonderful resource you brought to our attention…This is a perfect way for everyone to be updated in a very loving way.

jayabee52 2011-03-17 13:23:01 -0500 Report

I think so, Mary.

I became aware of CB when one of my acquaintences, "Jane" from one of the Dance classes I attended had a site set up for her by her daughter because Jane was suffering from Cancer. It gave me opportunity to encourage Jane in her struggle with CA and let her know I was thinking and praying for her. I told a story about when we met dancing. I didn't have a long history with Jane, but felt compassion for her in her situation.

When "Jem" passed so suddenly, I hadn't set up a page for her yet, because I was oblivious to the nearness of her passing, but I set up a page for her posthumously to allow her family & friends, some of whom were half-way around the world, an opportunity to share memories of her, and stories about some of the times they had with her. I keep that page as a memorial to her and remind me of the good times she had with others, and fond remembrances of her life and work.

It had come to my mind now because I got an newsletter email from CB letting me know what has been going on there.

I pray that ppl make use of this resource to keep loved ones in touch with what's going on in their lives. Should you set something up or have a page set up for you, please email me a link (on DC mail - prefer it not be on the open discussion boards due to spammers & trolls) and I'd love to hear how you're fareing.
It also avoids having to send out mass emailings to family and friends to talk about a change in status.



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