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A Lifeline for Patients and Families

The American Liver Foundation partners with CaringBridge to offer free, personal and private websites that connect people experiencing a significant health challenge to their family and friends, making each health journey easier. To create your own site, visit

How it Works

By following a few simple steps, a personalized website complete with privacy options can be started in just minutes. The author introduces the reason for the CaringBridge site in “Overview” and provides ongoing updates through entries in the “Journal.” Friends and family members can receive automatic updates when journal entries have been made, and can leave messages of love, support and encouragement.

Benefits to Patients and Caregivers

Using CaringBridge to centralize communication during a health challenge saves time and energy and makes it easy to keep loved ones updated. Everyone can stay in touch, regardless of time zones and area codes. CaringBridge provides a personal and private space for everyone to express their feelings and offer support.

Many authors also feel the therapeutic benefits of writing down their experience. “I know I said things in the journal I would not have said out loud because I don’t think I would have been able to say them in front of people without totally losing it,” said one CaringBridge author.

Healing Power of Connection

The power of connection and support often extends beyond the psychological to the physical; in a 2010 study of patients using a CaringBridge website to share health news, 91% of patients agreed that it helped make their health journey easier and 88% of patients agreed that it positively impacted their healing process.

“Without CaringBridge, I know that we would not have gone through our experience as well supported"

Page updated: May 10th, 2016


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