Start Your Own Journal

By Latest Reply 2009-01-05 08:19:10 -0600
Started 2008-11-10 06:38:29 -0600

Have deleted as useless info. lilmarm

12 replies

2009-01-05 07:56:39 -0600 Report

I had ordered a calendar from, and received a new day by day jounal, so I am going to start jounaling for 2009, and I can start by saying while purchasing from site I was able to donate to research, so it was all good. Keep Journaling, Especially now when we are all looking for something to do; Claudia

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-05 08:09:27 -0600 Report

This may sound crazy, but I've always been wary of journaling. My thoughts are very privet to me, and some I would not want to be viewed if something should happen to me. Does that sound nuts? Journaling, I believe, could be very therpeutic, but how honest can you be and still feel it was okay for others to read once you are gone? Just cannot bring myself to do that. Keeping a medical journal is, of course, another matter.

2009-01-05 08:19:10 -0600 Report

I'm not one to write down too much either. I have started writing down all the food, drinks, glucose, insulin., etc I have during each day. I can tell my insulin is not working so I thought this would help the doctor narrow it down and get the insulin dose correct! I hope it works, because I sure don't like keeping up with it! LOL Take care, Angie

2008-11-25 06:46:30 -0600 Report

Everyone is offering some great advice about journaling and the importance. It is important to have all the imformation possible for family to get easily; especially if you are the financial caretaker, banker, etc. Basically, if you take care of all the important stuff. You do not need to be ill to do that. I hate to say this; but when your time is up, no matter who you are, it is up, so we all need to be prepared. Thankyou for posting.

sparkysmom 2008-11-24 20:20:22 -0600 Report

My hands hurt too much to try and write in a journal. I have a word document that I started last week to let people know what to do if I pass. Only my Sister knows about it and has the password. I am thinking of using the same type thing to track my numbers and thoughts each day.

2008-11-14 12:53:15 -0600 Report

You definitely need to be truthful; cos' the only person you would be lying to is yourself, and then everyone else. If you can't write your real feelings and thoughts, then obviously you would not try a journal in the first place; but I can not stress enough how helpful it would be if you could. :->)Claudia

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-11-24 17:49:07 -0600 Report

Yes honesty is the most important thing, and though I havn't been doing it for very long, when I read back what i have written, I am amazed,that I can see the things that have kept me where I"m at,and now I can start a program to make very necessary changes to enhance my life.witout the journalI wouldn't see this and just keep going in the same old direction.

momoftype1 2008-11-11 23:12:40 -0600 Report

I like to journal. I don't do it daily though unless I am in a real stressful place. The think I like about it is that I am 100% honest in them and can use it as a tool to deal with emotions, struggles, successes, failures and relationship issues. Many times I will go back and read what I wrote down to find a ways to communicate and see how I was feeling at certain places in my life.

The key with journaling is honesty. If you are writing things down you need to be truthful for it to benifit you. Good luck to all the new journalers no matter what you are writing, and keep it up all you vets.

Another quick note-I watch for places like walmart or walgreens to put the med size spiral notebooks on sale and buy in bulk-I also sometimes cover and decorate the notebooks to personalize them(saves money and makes them mine)


Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-11-10 18:53:03 -0600 Report

I started a journal about a month ago, the purpose was to track my many bouts of depression, I promised myself that I would be truthful and honest. It didn't turn out to be just depression but covered everything, My health, diabetes, friendships, my succeses, and percived failures,my trust in God,and sometimes my failure to trust in him, but reading it all back once in a while,made me wonder whare was my mind that particular day, or why couldn't I appreciate how wonderful a day was,but through writing it I am learning something about myself, and if I continue to write it Honestly I may be able to focus on some of those areas , and make improvements in the future

2008-11-10 10:52:47 -0600 Report

I think what would really be good for us as well, as our family and friends is to have a somewhat open journal; that you can write the things you can not say openly, and leave it in a place for others' who come in to read and write in,too. Maybe it will help them out, and maybe it will help you out, especially if you are like me and have communication problems. In fact, I will start one of them today; I could definitely benefit from that.

nancyUT 2008-11-10 08:49:02 -0600 Report

well i started doing just that i ordered a prevention 2009 calender and i recieved a 'my prevention journal' so i write about my diabetis and overall health in it and how im feeling and what i want to do to better my health and living with a chronic disease like type two diabetis it helpes me focus on the importance of doing all i can to live and make my life a happy one with this disease and yes i have my ups and downs and looking back at what i wrote helps me see how i was feeling that day and other days! its my own thoughts and i believe we have to help ourselves realize its not that bad of a thing once we take the steps to make our disease managable so enjoy journaling you can learn alot about yourself and others doing this

GabbyPA 2008-11-10 08:33:02 -0600 Report

I used to be a journal freak. Had one all the time going. I use them especially for vacations and important events. I also save news papers and magazine articles that are important to me. Don't really know why, I don't really have anyone to pass stuff on to, but I just do it anyway.

What amazes me is how re-reading some of those things, I find great encouragement and inspiration. Sometimes I wonder if it was really me who wrote those things on the paper.

A lot of times I leave blank pages inbetween so I can add photos or do sketches as well. Those really enhance the experience of the re-read.