Are you familiar with CaringBridge.org? It is a free site available when one is going through a health situation, where posts can be made and shared with family and friends, and they can write back as well. It was invaluable to my family when my parents were dying, and helped all of our friends and family, far and wide, to keep up and send messages of love and encouragement to my parents.
Now, more than ever, messages of encouragement are needed through these uncertain times. May these messages from CaringBridge members be meaningful and a comfort to you:
“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 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 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.”
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.”
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.”
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, see >>https://www.caringbridge.org/resources/inspirational-quotes-about-hope-healing/
I hope these messages have brought you comfort. May God continue to bless each of us, and please stay safe.