Diabetes & Our Body: Love, Forgiveness & Hope

by Cynthia

Good morning! I hope you had a night of restful sleep and good blood sugars upon awakening. Mine was 104 this morning when I woke up. Can’t beat that! My husband’s sister and her 3 children are flying in this morning from South Carolina. I am so looking forward to seeing them tonight for dinner at my in-laws house and a bunch over the next week. It has been 3 years since I last saw them. In January when I had tickets to South Carolina to visit them, my cat Juniper become very ill. I stayed here to care for her and she miraculously survived. She is lying to the right of me now while my other cat Mabel is on my left. My husband lovingly calls this “Oreo” as they are two little black furry kitties.

Every morning on my Facebook page for Diabetes Light I share a quote – since day one! It is one of the first things I do when I wake up after testing my blood sugar of course and petting my sweet, cuddly cats. If I have a busy morning and somewhere to be early, my husband has mentioned a few times that I should skip posting a quote that day. This is not something I let happen. I feel that someone might need to hear the message I am sharing and that it may add a little light to their day. This is my hope anyway.

While the quote I share each morning might be encouraging or inspiring for those of us living with diabetes, the topic is often something I am struggling with in my own life. By researching a quote about patience for example, I am able to learn many different ideas and views on having patience. It can be very therapeutic! I love when I receive feedback through likes or comments that the quote I shared was helpful. If you have not yet joined our Facebook community, please do! I contribute to the page every day – always a morning quote and some days a thing or two more. I love randomly sharing what I have prepared for a meal by posting a photo, then hearing what nourishment you prepared for yourselves.

Typically the quote I find is all that is shared in my morning post. On Sundays I generally like to send out a warm message of love and light for people’s upcoming week along with the quote. Today I merely intended to share the quote I found and click “post” as usual. Then, a few thoughts came to my mind about it in relation to our lives with diabetes. Here it is for you below.

 “Love means to love that which is unlovable, or it is no virtue at all, forgiving means to pardon that which is unpardonable, or it is no virtue at all and to hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all.”

-G.K. Chesterton

I believe we can think about this quote in the way we look at our own bodies as well as how we may view the world as a greater whole.

  • Have LOVE for your body. Whether your blood sugars are cooperating, or too high or too low. Or if through injury, illness or fatigue you are not able to do with your body what you would most like to do today. Love.
  • FORGIVE your body. Even though it can be frustrating that your pancreas no longer produces insulin or your body may not absorb the insulin it makes as effectively. Forgive and have compassion. I believe it is hurtful to us when we direct hate or anger toward an organ or another part of our body. Accept your body for how it is right now this very day. Forgive.
  • Maintain HOPE for a cure. Sometimes after hearing yet another time, “We will have a cure in 5 years,” and still no cure, it can be hard to maintain hope. Let us maintain hope. A lot of people are working hard on our behalf through research, fundraising and advocacy. Try to notice all that is around us to be hopeful about in our world. I think we were given each other to keep this hope alive. Hope.


Three important words for us to remember to live a more tranquil, joyous and peaceful life with diabetes.


Blessings, light and love,


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1 comment

Minnesota nice July 25, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Lovely post, Cynthia. As usual, I read it on a day I really needed to see those words.


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