Diabetes is sometimes called the silent disease because, unless it’s already out of control, it isn’t particularly painful or uncomfortable or physically debilitating. But it is something that you have to cope with every day. You must monitor your blood sugar, take your medicine or, perhaps, inject yourself with insulin. You have to carefully attend to what you eat, watching sugar and counting carbohydrates (“carbs”). You need to get more exercise; but you have to make sure you don’t injure your feet. And you have to stay on top of all of that every day. Because once you have it, the disease is part your life. When you get up in the morning you have diabetes; when you go to bed at night you still have diabetes.
The daily-ness of chronic disease can leave you feeling overwhelmed, powerless, and exhausted. And on some days, you may find that those feelings are more challenging than the physical symptoms. Those are the days when you have to search for inspiration, for discipline, for hope.
That is why I wrote the Living Well with Diabetes 14 Day Devotional. Your physical diagnosis may require certain care, but you have to be in the right frame of mind with the right intention of spirit to care for yourself properly, consistently, and wisely.
If you or someone you care for is overwhelmed with a new diabetes diagnosis or burned out from years of the daily-ness of the disease, the Living Well with Diabetes 14 Day Devotional is for you.
In the introduction the author gives suggestions for living well with diabetes—body, mind and spirit. Each section includes:
- An inspirational, encouraging message and bible verse that brings home the connection between what’s going on in your body and what’s happening in your soul.
- Positive affirmations that you can use as armor as you cope with the challenges of living with diabetes.
- Space to share your feelings and reflections on the inspirational messages, scripture, affirmations, or whatever you are feeling at the moment.
- Prompts for daily gratitude entries.
In the appendix, you’ll find a diabetes care schedule to help you stay on track with daily care, self-checks, exams, and appointments throughout the year.
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Joy & Gratitude!
An award-winning registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and former spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is the author of the Diabetes Guide to Enjoying Foods of the World; The African American Guide to Living Well With Diabetes.