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Making a Diabetes Gratitude List

Sometimes when diabetes is trying to drag me down, I get all Oprah and make a list of what positive things diabetes has done for me. Oprah would probably call it a Diabetes Gratitude List and if it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for me.

But I also refer to it as my DGL, because sometimes saying “my Diabetes Gratitude List,” can be a mouthful. Depending on my mood, my DGL isn’t always long, but I always feel better, both mentally and physically after I make one.

My diabetes gratitude list

Here’s a DGL journal entry from November of 2017:

  1. Diabetes has given me blood sugar radar. Blood sugars let me know where I am and what direction my body needs to go
  2. Diabetes makes me eat healthy food, so that’s awesome
  3. Diabetes has given me empathy. I know what it’s like to have a bad day, I can empathize with others and hopefully help them feel better
  4. Diabetes or not, empathy makes me a better human
  5. Diabetes makes me exercise and gets me outdoors, and both are good for my mind and body
  6. Diabetes has made me use my voice, and for that I am incredibly grateful
  7. Diabetes has given me me a sense of community and friends who understand what it’s like to live with it, no matter the type
  8. Diabetes has shown me that people with diabetes are resilient and that gives me hope

Have you ever made a diabetes gratitude list? Are you now considering one? Feel free to share!

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  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    11 months ago

    Great list. I keep telling the wife that I have two birthdays and two anniversaries now. She didn’t get it until I explained what I was talking about. She didn’t see the humor in it. Guess something someone with diabetes understands very quickly what I meant.

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