It is not easy to see diabetes as something that comes with blessings. But it does, and the people who live with it know it. Here are a couple of pieces that pretty much sum up how we, in the diabetes online community, feel that we have also gained something positive from dealing with our condition.
At Suite D, we were asked if there is something we are thankful for.
At Huff Post’s Healthy Living, we shared the good things about diabetes.
It makes me happy and proud to belong to a community where people inspire each other every day.
This one is fun. I get to rename my anatomy. And since my endocrine system went crazy on me…
If I were to send a care package to one of my d-buddies, this is what I’d put in it:
– Chocolate because everybody likes it.
– Alcohol swabs because we all go through them like water.
– A book with encouraging messages on how to handle the daily struggle.
– A card made by me because I like being crafty.
– Something to treat one of those blood glucose lows.
– Sugar free treats because sometimes we need them.
– Chicken noodle soup. Who doesn’t like that?
– A teddy bear with a blue circle pin.
– A pair of soft, fluffy socks.
– A Starbucks gift card because… yum, caffeine! 🙂
I have to admit that I don’t post as often as I did in the past, and I usually go the self-centered way and write about something that’s on my mind. But when I mention other people here, it’s usually because they have inspired me in some way or another. I wouldn’t be where I am right now in the online health community, especially the diabetes online community, if it wasn’t for the amazing people I’ve met. So every time I write about my community, I try to highlight what really makes an impact in my life.
Here are some posts where I talk about others:
Advocate and then some more!
Diabetes, Support and Courage
Keeping it real, making it happen
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
One of the things I struggle with the most in my day to day life is being mindful, not only of my surroundings but also of myself. I believe it requires practice and a lot of discipline. I’ve tried to meditate many times, but I never stick with it. Ask me how many books on meditation I have, and I probably can tell you the number is bigger than the number of minutes I’ve actually spent in real meditation. I’m not giving up, though… I think it’s important to be present in everything we do.
When it comes to managing my chronic conditions, there is a lot of it that depends on what I eat. Mindful eating is one of the things I want to achieve and practice well. To know what I eat, to enjoy what I eat and to be aware of what it does to my body; also to learn to choose what I put in my mouth based on what I know because I pay attention to myself and how I feel. It’s a big task, let me tell you. Just a few minutes ago, before I sat down to type this post, I ate some cheese curds and I don’t even remember finishing the bag. That’s what I’m talking about.
I guess I’ll try it again… and I’ll probably fail again… but I won’t give up. Here’s a post I wrote a while ago on my old blog about being mindful.