Charlotte social worker Cyteria Knight is a local face featured in the national healing campaign from CaringBridge called “How We Heal,” sharing her journey of healing after suffering from a ruptured brain aneurysm and stroke in January 2017.
CaringBridge, the global nonprofit social network, wanted to start a national dialogue to inspire hope and share the knowledge they have gained about healing, launching a new series called “How We Heal.” CaringBridge has provided a free online platform for hundreds of thousands of people to tell their stories and receive support during their health journeys over the last 20 years. From the millions of stories on CaringBridge, the “How We Heal” campaign hopes to broaden the scope of the conversation highlighting people from around the United States.
The series includes a short film, articles in collaboration with health industry experts, and a collection of stories featuring the photography and videos of National Geographic photographer and documentary filmmaker David McLain, who CaringBridge partnered with on the initiative.
The “How We Heal” team found that every approach to healing was different, from a Gulf War veteran who takes target practice against his cancer, to Charlotte’s very own Cyteria Knight who found her unique source of healing in Halo, her Pom-Chi (Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix).
Even while Cyteria was still in intensive care, her family ensured that she was able to see Halo. “The people at the hospital could tell that Halo’s presence was helpful to my recovery,” Cyteria said. With the soothing presence of her trusted sidekick, Cyteria is able to find some positivity in life, despite her rough road to recovery. “To be able to hold [Halo] in my arms and having her breathe next to my heart, those kinds of things feel great,” she said. To view her complete story visit: https://www.caringbridge.org/resources/cyteria-illness-find-way-look-positive/
By sharing these stories of those who have healed, CaringBridge hopes to lead a conversation that will provide some understanding of healing, and with the collaboration of researchers, explore the science behind it. To watch the video and see the collection, visit www.CaringBridge.org/Healing.