Confronting illness or injury is one of the most demanding, isolating things a person can do. Family and friends are an amazing source of support, but constantly sharing updates with all of them is impractical.

That’s where CaringBridge comes in. CaringBridge is a free online tool for sharing health updates. It’s an easy and ad-free way to communicate health news to family and friends—all in one place—and replaces countless texts and emails. It only takes a few minutes to create a website. Just follow a few simple steps in the start a site process.

With one in eight people in the United States using CaringBridge and 400,000 daily web visits, plus over 70% of its websites being started by a family caregiver, CaringBridge is constant witness to acts of caring.

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CaringBridge, a free online tool to communicate health news to family and friends, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

This caring is so often the work of family caregivers, who have doubled in number during the COVID-19 pandemic to an all-time high of 53 million in the United States, including nearly 5.5 million Veteran family caregivers. Understanding the tremendous need for caregiving, CaringBridge designated its 25th anniversary (June 7, 2022) to be a year-long celebration to shine a light on the power and possibility that come from caring, which is among the truest forms of humanity.

Celebrate and share your CaringBridge story  

Everyone is invited to share their stories of caring and to recognize, thank, honor and celebrate both those who care and those who are cared for. Click here to share your story of caring and to see the millions of other stories of caring. 

Caring for a loved one is hard on body and mind. Nearly 45% of caregivers using CaringBridge say they feel “super-stressed.” But new research also supports something we’ve known to be true from the beginning: Simple acts of caring can help reduce a caregiver’s anxiety by 30%. No such place exists anywhere else, and as CaringBridge marks a record milestone of longevity for a digital network in 2022, we are proud and honored to say it has always been funded by the generosity of those using it because they care so much.

Joanne, a CaringBridge author and the mother of a U.S. Army Special Forces officer who experienced multiple traumatic injuries while stationed in Germany, said the following:

“CaringBridge was a wonderful process because it helped me stay in the positive, hopeful space I wanted to inhabit. I felt like my job was to try and stay in a positive, solid place. For Brian. For Gina. It became my anchor.”

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Published on Aug. 23, 2022

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  1. Robert Blagrave September 1, 2022 at 8:43 am

    My name is Robert Blagrave I had my right shoulder replaced by Dr. Oats in Island County Hospital. What do I do to get the VA to change 60% to 70 or 80% for doing my right shoulder.

    • Mel Canon September 1, 2022 at 1:35 pm

      Robert, Contact the DAV at you local Chapter. They will help you with this.

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