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5 Inspirational Quotes on Finding Hope During a Pandemic

Patients and family caregivers using CaringBridge already have a lot going on—as you may know first-hand—without a global pandemic added to the mix.

But from those living every day with the unimaginable comes inspiration, and the strength and grace to keep going and take tomorrow as it comes.

Here are 5 quotes from CaringBridge users shared with the hope that you, too, may be able to choose hope and faith over fear, at a time when that may not be easy:

“This virus is creating new ways for everyone to think of how to keep your family and friends safe. We are in uncharted territory and we will all learn together. At one time I did not know how much time our family would have together. So I have gratitude now for every day that we get to be together.”

Christin Gigstad

Christin Gigstad first wrote on CaringBridge when her daughter, Delaney, now a college student, was born prematurely. In 2017, Christin started a separate CaringBridge site for her son, Carson, who went from regular teen-ager to having a heart transplant over the course of 11 days. Carson’s health is now stable, although he is considered higher-risk for coronavirus. So Christin’s message to the world today is: “Wash your hands. Then wash them again.”

“I know without a doubt that our country and world will survive this pandemic. And just like our broken family, this broken world will be way more beautiful.”

Vicki Bunke

Vicki started using CaringBridge after her daughter, Grace, received a diagnosis of osteosarcoma in 2014. Although Grace died on March 26, 2018, the day before her 15th birthday, Vicki still writes on CaringBridge occasionally. She said her family has made a choice to heal from its brokenness, and to keep moving forward, always holding Grace in their hearts. Vicki believes healing like this can be possible for the world, too, in the aftermath of the pandemic.

“If I could offer advice to any family today, it would be to stick by your faith. Know that your God is with you and will take care of you all the way through.”

Juan Martinez

A firefighter and paramedic who wrote on CaringBridge when his 2-year-old son, Jaxson, was going through treatment for neuroblastoma, Juan said he is practicing at work, and at home, the kinds of precautions his family used when Jaxson had a weakened immune system. While Jaxson is now a happy and health 8 year old, Juan said that after you go through cancer, you look at everything differently, even a global pandemic.

“You have to find a way to respect these new boundaries [related to coronavirus], but still live the version of life you’re used to. That’s what life is, regardless of circumstance.”

Caroline Wright

After a diagnosis of brain cancer in 2017, Caroline was given just a year to live. Now years past that marker, she said that living with the threat of cancer coming back or death that might be just 6 feet away is still just living. As she continues to raise two sons with her husband, work as a professional cook and write on CaringBridge, Caroline said her focus remains on moving forward, with gratitude and optimism.

“Logan does fall into the high-risk category for COVID-19, but we are not living in fear. We are living in faith instead. In those ‘what if’ moments of fear, I ask everyone to think of a positive thought or action or something you can do for your family, a neighbor or a stranger. Maybe write letters to grandparents, or maybe just clean a closet. That is better than fear.”

Natalie Bushaw

A CaringBridge author since 2003, when her twin sons, Owen and Logan, were born prematurely, Natalie said faith is her ultimate source of strength. While Owen’s health challenges are passed, Logan has been through two heart transplants, most recently on Dec. 21, 2019.

There is Always Hope

We hope these heartfelt quotes serve as a reminder that in a time fear and anxiety, there is always hope. For more inspiring messages, check out our 19 Inspirational Quotes About Hope and Healing.

What are your favorite quotes? We’d love to know what words are giving you strength, today and every day. Please share any quotes that inspire you in the comments below.

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AY May 29, 2020 12:02pm
This was so inspiring.Thank you.Since this time has all of us thinking of the glass half empty instead of the glass half full,we have to work together and think of this as we not me.We WILL fight Covid-19...together.
Deborah Collins May 26, 2020 6:05am
these are inspiring testimonies of living in Faith unstead of fear, I heard on Charles Stanley, that the Lord holds us by the arm. les Stanley
Carol May 18, 2020 10:49am
Thank you for these heartwarming message, the comments from others as well. I choose Faith over fear, but with respect to protection. God in this with us and teaching us many new things. Blessings 🙏💕
Valaurie Trumm May 15, 2020 11:51am
thank you for these!
Susan Baldwin May 15, 2020 9:58am
Thank you for these inspiring thoughts and quotes. Living with a loved one with cancer the unknown is daily. This world is just my temporary residence and when I focus on God as my Driver through life as we know it I find comfort. For me, without God in my life I am just lost wandering. If more people in this world knew and trusted in our Lord there would be less fear of the Covid=19. For my husband and myself we try to live by, "trust and follow" Our Lord. Thank you again CaringBridge.
Paulette Walker May 15, 2020 3:46am
Thanks so much for sharing these very inspirational quotes and stories. They brought me back to something my grandmother used to always say - Faith and fear cannot reside in the same house - as for my house we shall always choose faith!!!.
Jean Sward May 14, 2020 12:12pm
Thank you for posting these wise reminders.
Ron and Dee Ryan May 14, 2020 10:56am
For with God ALL things are possible!!
Susan Bologna May 12, 2020 2:22pm
It's heart warming to read the stories and comments, God Bless each one of you taking the time to write encouraging words for others even though your own life had such loss and pain, God does love us, we don't always have the answers here on earth but keep the Faith!!!!
Arnette Bargabus May 12, 2020 10:49am
I believe in the sun, even when it doesn't shine. I believe in love, even when it isn't shown. I believe in God, even when He doesn't speak. I choose to see the unseen. "He gives strength to those who are tired and more power to those who are weak." Isaiah 46:29
Jacquelyn Liptak May 12, 2020 8:46am
Jer.30:17 For I will restore health unto thee and will heal thee of thy wounds, saith Jehova. This was the scripture the Lord gave me when I was battleing esophogeal Cancer. I’m 6 years Cancer free!
Mary Lou Garves May 12, 2020 7:38am
I appreciate Caring Bridge so much. It has allowed me to follow many people over the years during their difficult journeys, to see how God carries them through. From Corrie Ten Boom: Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
JoAnn DiSpirito May 09, 2020 1:40pm
Everything written is a message of hope! Hope is what got my family and I through when my son was diagnosed with non Hodgkin lymphoma. You really view life differently. ❤️❤️❤️
Roger Jenkins May 09, 2020 10:18am
Never Give Up, The BEST is YET to COME!! 💜💜
Jayne Schwartz May 09, 2020 8:41am
"Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there." I don't know who wrote this but it does comfort me.
Georgia Remington May 08, 2020 8:51pm
I truly love Caring Bridge! The quotes were beautiful and sends so much hope during this unstable and difficult time. Faith is the only answer for everyone. Our Heavenly Father will guide the world through this virus and we will come out victorious! He is sending us messages loud and clear of what is really important in our lives! With faith we have hope and and with both we have love!!🙏🏻👏❤️
Janine Astone May 08, 2020 7:11pm
Through these difficult times it is so important to keep your faith say your prayers and thank God every day that the world is still here I pray for the families that have lost loved ones and all of the medical Personnel that have put their lives on the line for all the sick it is a good time that I have found for me to send some nice books out to friends of spiritual information just little reminders of every day sayings and prayers to get through your every day life God bless this world and God bless America May peace and the Lord be with you all.🙏🌺
Sandra Gold Weinstein May 07, 2020 9:18pm
I want to communicate with Lisaclarkneely and am unable to navigate to her caring bridge !
Sharon Larocque May 07, 2020 2:52pm
Thank you!
Lucille May 07, 2020 2:13pm
Thank you for posting quotes from these brave people and then sharing a bit of their journey which just adds to the strength of their words. I so needed to open this email today. They have given me inspiration to remember that I do not walk my journey alone as I support my husband who has been battling cancer since 2011. Blessings everyone.
Rev. Judith Sellers May 07, 2020 11:37am
Thanks so much for the service you offer. As a pastor, I have been able to keep up with many people, over the years, who have been ill.
Peter PIsani. May 07, 2020 11:09am
Godspeed everyone. Even in a mud puddle there is a rainbow if you look closely.
John Holloway May 07, 2020 8:43am
Blessings to you and to all of those you help connect with friends and family during such a trying time. Thank you
Christa LeBrun May 07, 2020 7:30am
Thank you so much for sharing!
Allyson Clouden May 06, 2020 1:53pm
Very heartwarming and encouraging quotes!
Ron Gorrie May 06, 2020 11:24am
Great perspective —- thanks for sharing.
Vicki Robyns May 06, 2020 1:33am
It is always very important to show kindness, love, compassion, care, patience, and empathy everyday, including right now during these difficult and uncertain times.
charlotte myers May 05, 2020 11:11pm
GOD has been with us thru every trial . he has been our strength,and our hope. there is nothing GOD can not do. live for him. ,not in fear but in faith. we shall all get thru this with the help of GOD and be better for it.
Carolyn Frahm May 05, 2020 11:50am
Thank you so much for Caring Bridge. During the last few months it has let us follow the journey of a father, mother and son as the mother carries an unborn baby which they know is not going to be able to live, if at all in this world. The baby was still born last week The witness to the faith they have is so heartwarming and brings tears to my eyes and heart. In this trial of corona 19 it gives such strength and hope. Thank you so much for making this website something to heal and hope to ones when they are needing support in their journey.
Patricia Becker May 05, 2020 10:56am
Shawna-still praying for you and your family every day.
Renata Adamcova May 05, 2020 9:06am
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of there dreams ...
Carol Johnston May 04, 2020 9:17am
I have found great comfort from a site called jw.org. If you go to the main page, there is an article "How to Deal with Isolation". If you open that, there many subtitles, and I found "Understanding the meaning of world events" very informative. If you click on that, you will find another subheading "Who are the four horsemen of Revelation?" Very interesting!
Carol Johnston May 04, 2020 8:17am
I found great comfort from a wonderful site at jw.org. On the opening page, is an article "How to Deal with Isolation." If you open that, you will find many subtitles well worth reading. Go to "Understanding the meaning of World events" and then "Who are the four horsemen of Revelation?" Other articles and also many videos on so many different subjects. Excellent site.
Robert Hedges May 03, 2020 8:43pm
Faith in God and the teachings of religion inspire many people to keep fighting even when there is only a small chance of recovery. Medical science and technology have advanced to the point where miracles occur every day in our hospitals. So when you are very sick, it’s OK to pray but go see a good doctor for care.
Leonard Johnson May 03, 2020 7:48pm
These are all inspiring. Faith is the key to know He, God is watching over us. Have Faith and live in Peace!
Sandy B Huey May 03, 2020 6:12pm
Sharing peace and love, faith and hope, trust and inspiration is something we all need ❤️ Encourage everyone you meet now and for always! Praise God every step of the way🌟
Terry Jones May 03, 2020 6:04pm
Thank you all for writing. I pray for Daniels family who just lost him after him fighting for 9 years with brain cancer. I'm thankful for this sight. I pray that the people that think they know of God, come across a good ministry as they change the channels on TV, and Learn how to really know God. To learn how to have HOPE through God. And learn of his mercy's, and grace. And to have faith. And for us the people that do know God to be remind of all this. And just set and remind yourself of all the things HE has gotton you through and done for you. Praise Him.
Keith H May 03, 2020 8:50am
You could wear off your knees praying to God for heat in February. And icicles would grow from your upraised palms. lf you're freezing, you burn the furniture. . .but you get off your knees. Resolve to let God know that you have the guts and the will to do it alone. Resolve to fight for yourselves, and for others, for those you love. And that part of God within you will be fighting with you all the way. Rev. Frank Scott
Patty May 03, 2020 8:38am
Thank you to those who have been through these very difficult situations for sharing. We will make it.
Dianne Waggoner May 03, 2020 8:24am
Hope = God
R. Baker May 01, 2020 8:56am
Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will fly on wings like eagles. They will run and not be weary. They will walk and not be faint.
Joyce Nilsen May 01, 2020 7:56am
Thank you for posting these hopeful statements by courageous people who have chosen to embrace life in the face of adversity.
Becky Hudson May 01, 2020 7:17am
Beautiful and inspiring