What’s it mean to have hope?

Dr Gary
By Dr GaryCA Latest Reply 2012-08-30 15:33:15 -0500
Started 2012-08-03 12:39:26 -0500

I have a morning ritual of reading the newspaper while I drink my coffee. Maybe you have a similar ritual. Or maybe you are a little more techie and you get your news from the Internet. Or maybe you avoid getting your day started by reading the news. That’s not a bad idea, either.

I do a lot of head-shaking when I read the news. So much of it is pretty bleak. And like my, you may have days where you just have to ask: “How are we going to get through this?”

Good question. The starting place is hope.

Dictionary.com defines hope as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.”

I often wonder if facing a chronic condition like diabetes doesn’t give you a leg up in terms of knowing how to live in these challenging times. After all, who better understands how to live with uncertainty, to cope with setbacks, to appreciate the simple joys of life, and to keep pushing forward. Taking the best possible care of yourself even on those days when that’s the last thing you feel like doing? Because that’s what you do every day.

Psychologists call that resilience. The ability to recover or adjust to misfortune or change. In other words, picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and getting back on the path.

In my mind, being resilient starts with being hopeful.

Like you, I have a lot of responsibilities and obligations that I have to manage, a lot of competing priorities. I do my best to make maintaining my sense of hope one of those priorities. Basically, exercising my resiliency muscles.
I do this by starting the day with what I am grateful for. What’s working in my life. My wishes for the health and welfare of the people around me – including you – and the people that I don’t know personally, but I do know are also suffering in some way. A belief in possibilities. Hope.

I remind myself that we are all in this together. All of us connected because we are humans, doing our best with the resources we have. Yes, some of us seem to be doing better than others, not to mention trying a little harder. But I also tell myself that that’s not for me to know or understand.

If you’re living with a chronic condition, nobody knows hopefulness like you do. When I was a kid, we sang a song in church called “Pass it on.” I still sing it to myself (believe me, nobody else would want to hear me sing). Maybe this is your day to share your wisdom. And your own definition of hope. Somebody needs to hear it.


81 replies

tootsma
tootsma 2012-08-26 22:39:38 -0500 Report

I have someone as a matter of fact i have a daughter thats type 2 ..and i get depressed because i will never be happy in this life cause there is no cure and no hope for me. Maybe one day i will see the light i would like for you to be my friend.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-30 15:16:28 -0500 Report

Hey tootsma,

Don't give up. Stay on the path to taking the best possible care of yourself. And stay in touch with people. Get lots of support.

It's great to be friends with you. Let's make sure we stay in touch!

Gary

tootsma
tootsma 2012-08-22 01:39:54 -0500 Report

Have hope with diabetes the only thing i hope for is that i dont lose all my limbs before i die. Its a new challenge everyday.its so stressful for 22yrs i have been struggling with this this curse and it dont get any easier.I just thank God i Am still whole and alive but my hope is dwindling.sometimes i just cry because i am tired of trying to eat right cant have any fun and sex is out of the question maybe if i had a diabetic boyfriend or husband but whats theuse its hopeless

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-26 22:17:27 -0500 Report

Hi tootsma,

I really appreciate your honesty here. It sounds like you are dealing with a lot, both physically and emotionally. I am wondering if you might want to consider talking to a counselor, who might be able to give you some help in getting a new perspective on your life. Do you have friends or family that you can talk to? Sounds like you need some support.

I hope that you will stay in touch with us! You are not alone.

Gary

Ms. DAT
Ms. DAT 2012-08-28 14:42:09 -0500 Report

Hello Dr. Gary! Today is the first day of really taking a little time out of a busy schedule to read your words on hope. It is refreshing to hear that "hope" is actively spoken to this community. For over three years now I still have the word "hope" hanging on my wall that started as a Christmas ornament that I never took down, except when moving. I soon hung it right back so it can be seen everyday. Hope is an an anchor for life!! This group is really awesome!! I say speak a words of hope and help save a life!!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-30 14:59:55 -0500 Report

Hi Ms. Dat,

So great to hear from you. Thank you. I am glad you took the time to junp in here. And what an inspiring reply. Keeping the word hope front and center is a really great idea. We can all benefit from reminding ourselves that life is filled with possibilities, and it starts with having hope.

You are in good company. There are a lot of hopeful people here on Diabetic Connect.

Let's stay in touch!

Gary

Nana_anna
Nana_anna 2012-08-19 08:37:58 -0500 Report

Speaking of singing. I find that as part of my daily thing. I have spiritually music play mostly in the afternoons. The music of today is really fun and upbeat to listen to all day. I also like the hymns, because I can sing with those the most. God doesn't care what you sound like! I am home in the afternoons so I can turn it up and sing away. I still like some of the 70 Rock n Roll songs to!

Ms. DAT
Ms. DAT 2012-08-30 15:33:15 -0500 Report

Hello Nanna-anna I like singing those old soulful songs that lifts up my spirits and those around me. Ooh! I can listen to some smooth and soft jazz music,too!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-26 22:14:50 -0500 Report

Hey Nanna-anna,

Nice to run into you, as always. Music is an incredible way to get the hope going. I have an image of you belting out those tunes with a big smile on your face.

Gary

JSJB
JSJB 2012-08-19 04:53:37 -0500 Report

Take the dog out, get BG & BP reading, have breakfast usually two pcs. of low carb wheat bread and sometimes a fried egg, check facebook then post to DC and watch the news before going to work.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-26 22:11:43 -0500 Report

Hey JSJB, thanks for checking in here. Sounds like a great way to start the day, and I am sure checking in to DC is always good for a dash of hope to go with that toast and egg. Great to hear from you!

SCLWKR
SCLWKR 2012-08-18 23:16:17 -0500 Report

Okay DC Pals, here it is in all its rediculasness! My morning ritual: laying in bed until the absolute last second, rushing to put my face on (as my mother used to say), gulping down peanutbutter toast and driving to work (47 minutes), swigging a diet pepsi, and hoping I arrive on time. No meditation, no self reflection, no observations of nature and all its greatness. Just choking down the anxiety with the peanutbutter toast and racing to the crises I know are awaiting me as a children's social worker.
Is this any way for a sophisticated, educated, middle aged lady to be acting? Probably not but this is my truth. This is why I love you all and cherish your support!! Hugs! Sherrie

Ms. DAT
Ms. DAT 2012-08-30 15:24:38 -0500 Report

That seems to be the routine for the middle-aged woman who has to keepa pushin!! Keep doing what you love to do and take some time for yourself to prevent burn-out.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-26 22:09:55 -0500 Report

Hi Sherrie,

I love this, so honest. You are doing what you need to do, taking care of yourself, meeting your responsibilities, living your life. There is a whole lot to be said for that. And certainly hopeful -- facing life on life's terms.

Thanks!

Gary

JSJB
JSJB 2012-08-19 05:01:03 -0500 Report

Remember other people look to you and need you so take care no matter how low you feel.

SCLWKR
SCLWKR 2012-08-19 23:25:19 -0500 Report

I always have to show strength at work, no matter the crisis or abuse from clients (the angry parents who abuse their kids) they can ream me a new one and I must remain cool, professional and polite. Talk about raising my BG. I do a lot of deep breathing and processing with friends at work who understand. And if course, all my treasured DC Pals. Love ya all!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-08-19 04:32:52 -0500 Report

hey there Sherrie,
please take the time to really care for yourself.
Then you'll be ready to better "take on the day" and the crises of the children you serve.

SCLWKR
SCLWKR 2012-08-19 23:18:31 -0500 Report

You are quite right. My doc says I need to take care of myself, cuz I am too busy taking care of so many others.

Proud Army Mom
Proud Army Mom 2012-08-16 08:46:43 -0500 Report

I really enjoyed reading your post, Dr. Gary, as well as the replies - so thank you! :)

Hope is huge, because if you can get yourself to a place of hope, optimism and positive expectation (or belief) are not far behind…

To me, hope sometimes means looking for evidence of positive outcomes (something as simple as a pleasant encounter with another or perhaps a successful day of BS readings!) and sometimes it just means having "faith" that everything is and will be fine. Just that feeling of comfort or peace that it will all work out.

Most importantly for me is the recognition that there is NOTHING I can control EXCEPT my feelings, behavior, and reactions to life. I can't control other people or their behavior, I can't control the government ( ;) ), I can't control my kids, I can't control the environment (aside from the little things I can do), I can't control the weather. So, I get to let myself off the hook for all of that - it's not my job! The only thing I need to focus on is trying to find the best possible "spin" if you will on my attitude, my beliefs, my feelings.

For a former control "freak" this has been a huge personal development for me, and it only took me 40 something years to get there - :)

So I now embrace those things I can control (whether it is healthy eating, exercising, or choosing to let go of negative feelings so that I can feel better) and remove my focus from those things I can't control - including the news lol! And for me, that puts me in the vicinity of hope more often than not :)

Thanks again - great post! <3

Warmly,
Debbie

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-16 09:36:47 -0500 Report

Hi Debbie!

Thanks for following up and sharing your experiences and your wise words. You said it much better than I did.

Your are so on target. Each day brings us all kinds of possibilities to experience the simple joys in life, and to see the possibilities. It starts with deciding to focus on what's possible and not dwell on the limitations. Spin is a good word here. So much in life is out of our control, but we can certainly make the best of what is in our control. Taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually.

And as you said, it certainly makes life a whole lot more fun to give up trying to control what you can't control anyway. It takes whatever time it takes. I am a lot older than you and I am still teaching myself. It's a process.

I really appreciate your reply! Glad to be connected with you!

Gary

Proud Army Mom
Proud Army Mom 2012-08-16 09:41:37 -0500 Report

Hey Dr. Gary - great to connect with you as well - your words totally resonated with me and helped bring into focus what I was feeling (and ultimately posted) - it's always rather "miraculous" to me how that happens. This forum feels very good to me.

Looking forward to reading your posts and "playing" with you and the rest of the folks on this forum more often :) (I use "play" here because I am enjoying adding more fun to my day-to-day experiences :)

Enjoy the day!

Debbie

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-26 22:12:52 -0500 Report

Debbie, I am really glad that this was helpful. Great to be in touch with you. And I hope that you have a great week!

daddy312
daddy312 2012-08-15 20:54:16 -0500 Report

Thank you for the strong advice…I really needed that. I've been going through a tough time recently and had started feeling depressed,but you've reassured me that I still have HOPE on my side. I know things will get better for me in time…Thanks!

tootsma
tootsma 2012-08-22 01:59:59 -0500 Report

Hi daddy sorry you have been depressed. I stay depressed so it seems i saw that you want to be my friend i accept and hope you feel better

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-16 09:25:07 -0500 Report

Hi!

It is so excellent to be in touch with you, my friend. Thanks a lot for checking in. I am glad that this was helpful to you, and I am hoping for much better times for you! Let's stay in touch!

Gary

sleepygreek
sleepygreek 2012-08-11 20:54:12 -0500 Report

I am so glad I signed on tonight. I've been in a funk the last couple days and reading this is just what I needed!! Thank you so much.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-12 16:36:00 -0500 Report

Hey sleepygreek!

Thanks for checking in. I am SO glad that this was helpful. Have a great Monday. And stay in touch!

Gary

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-08-09 11:50:05 -0500 Report

I had to think hard on this one Dr. Gary. I guess for me in general it means that for every day I’m allowed to wake up and get out of bed, I’ve been given the chance to make decisions that will benefit me (and others hopefully). As long as I have a voice and enough active brain cells to use it, I can change the bad things that need changing. If I wake up, it means my job isn’t done yet, or there is something still out there waiting for me.
That’s why I refuse to believe there will never be a cure for diabetes. Just today TsalagiLenape posted an article where basically researchers just stumbled upon something that could be beneficial to T1’s. I’m not naïve enough to believe that at some point the world is going to be a utopia free of disease, or that something equally as nasty won’t crop up, but as long as each one of us has the chance to get out of bed in the morning, it’s that many more people who are able to stumble on a cure or make a difference. Gives me hope that we're not all going to heck in a handbasket.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-11 20:29:28 -0500 Report

Hey Nick,

Nice to see you here. And I apprecaite your honesty.

You have a really great attitude and I was totally inspired by your post. Every day is a gift, I feel the same way, and every day is an opportunity to improve your liife in some way and also to be of benefit to someone else.

The medical establishment is constantly working on coming up with new breakthroughs in treating chronic conditions, and diabetes affects so many people, and so many more people down the road, that it is a high priority. So I am optimistic, too.

So I am glad that you are keeping the faith!

And thanks a lot for checking in. Glad to be in touch!

Gary

TsalagiLenape
TsalagiLenape 2012-08-08 18:45:12 -0500 Report

For some of us tis easy to stay in one area i.e. denial. But as for myself, I empower myself with knowledge and see what is workable for me. For what helps one doesnt mean its going to help another the same exact way. So I plug away at finding the key(s) that will help me improve. This way I have what I need to carry out what I want to do, what I must and having fun along the way. IF I am able to help another then so be it. Yet knowing I am not alone in this makes it so much easier along the way. So its like a party train eh? Wanna have fun then join in. LOL Hugs

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-09 09:15:59 -0500 Report

Hi!

Nice to see you chiming in here. Thank you. This is such a great post.

I think that we all find our own unique path. But we are still on this road together, and sharing our knowledge and experiences, along with offering support, can instill hope in a fellow travel by opening them up to the possibilities rather than dwelling on the limitations.

And having some fun is a very good thiing. Life is too short not to grab onto those moments of happiness.

Thanks again. And I hope you are doing well!

Gary

Nana_anna
Nana_anna 2012-08-06 08:56:38 -0500 Report

This is allot to consider. My morning ritual is starting my day with reading my Bible. I have done this as a teen. I have kept it up. If I don't do it in the morning, than it nags me all day long. I feel that this is the main sorce of strength and hope. There is allot of scripture on healing. Those stories in the Old Testament The story of King Jehoshaphat's 25-year reign simply glows with his devotion to the Lord. Responding to his faith, the Lord aided Jehoshaphat many times, …2 Chronicles 20 …especially when he became ill. Many stories that reflect on how diiferent people in scripture calls upon the Lord during their down times. It's easy to complain about having diabetes or anything else. I have to often go back and think, why I am complaining where there are other's worse off then me? We are humans. But God is bigger, and can do so much more, then we can do. I don't mean to throw this religion stuff at anyone. This is just my thinking, and it does me well. I just want to be an inspiration, to someone, where it gives hope to some one else. That is why I like to encouragie, those to read scripture, to see what I am talking about. That is all. I also read fiction books to. Listen to music that heals and makes you dance and smile! Anything that makes you happy is hope!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-08 12:47:32 -0500 Report

Hi Nana_anna!

So good to be in touch with you. And thanks a lot for this! Your reply is so inspiring. I think that having a spiritual connection can make such a big difference in your life, such a great source of hope. There is so much meaning in life that is greater than what we experience day to day, all you have to do is open yourself up!

It's also great to hear that you are building some fun into your life every day. We can all use a daily blast of joy!

Have a great day!

Gary

Nana_anna
Nana_anna 2012-08-08 16:22:53 -0500 Report

Thank you Dr Gary, I love having allot of fun! I can open up more to in a pleasant atmosphere and where I feel safe to. I also have allot of fun playing board games, and things like that at home. I do allot of things like drawing and painting, just by finding something enjoyable to do for a few hours, that helps to take your mind off of the negative things in life.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-11 20:17:29 -0500 Report

Absolutely! Dstracting yourself with positive activities is a great way to help maintain an optimistic attitude. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

MAYS
MAYS 2012-08-04 08:22:01 -0500 Report

This is such a wonderful, thought provoking discussion .
In my opinion, having hope for anything can be a great thing as long as the thought (or concept) of hope does not become a crutch.

Sometimes "Hope" can be a hindrance if the absence of action is apparent.

"Hope"…"Desire"…and "Action" should all factor into how we deal with any chronic condition, the taking away of any one of the three makes for an incomplete equation (although other factors can and should come into play).
Learn what you can, do what you must and if it helps you to deal with your situation, "hope" for the best, doing so in that order will be very productive for you.

But as I said, "That's my opinion."

~Mays~

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-05 17:26:59 -0500 Report

Mays, hope, desire and action should never be limited to a disease. It should be practiced in every aspect of your life. You can hope a problem is solved but if you take not action towards solving the problem, it will remain and possibly grow larger.

You find people using hope as a crutch everywhere. These are the people who hope for everything and get nothing. They get nothing because all they do is hope and take no action. This is the same as people who complain about everything and do nothing about the complaints. It is easier to complain and hope than it is to take action.

MAYS
MAYS 2012-08-05 18:09:19 -0500 Report

Joyce, a very true statement indeed. I have never been a "hoper" in life, I was taught to be about doing and achieving instead of hoping and wishing, but to each their own.

Hope can be a crutch especially if there is no sort of action behind it.
We are responsible for the change in our lives, sometimes it is easy and sometimes it is not, and as far as complaints are comcerned they were discouraged during my upbringing (my mother wouldn't allow it) so I understand your point, and yes, it is easier to complain (and hope) than it is to take action for some individuals.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-04 20:15:52 -0500 Report

HI Mays,

It is so good to hear from you on this one. I always think of you as the resident philosopher of Diabetic Connect. And I am glad that my dicsussion caught your attention!

I like your comment about hope and action. When I read Set apart's reply, just below yours, I was thinking about how hope can empower action. You said it so well here. And you're absolutely right, desire is an important part of the equation. You have to really want it. And act on it!

Thank you so much. And I hope that you are doing well!

Gary

MAYS
MAYS 2012-08-04 21:52:25 -0500 Report

Dr. Gary,

Thanks for the compliment, many discussions here on Diabetic Connect catch my attention as well as the comments in reply to them. Your insight and discussions are very eye opening, informative and comforting.

I agree with you that hope is an essential part of healing and well being, so much can be accomplished when hope, action and education are all a part of the equation of one's personal health.

We are all in this together, regardless of what side of the fence we are currently on, your words of reasoning, advice and encouragement has helped many members here, and just knowing that the staff and family members here have the best interest of one another at heart helps to make this site one of the most helpful pertaining to diabetes care and well being on the internet!

And that is where "hope" comes into play.
Knowing that whatever the question, the concern or the mood of the individual seeking help, there is an abundance of help (in the form of hope, love and concern) from both the members and the staff here.
The fact that this assistance is freely given makes it that much more special and meaningful.

So to you, Dr. Gary, the staff and family members here at Diabetic Connect, let's keep the hope alive that as long as we can live, and do as diabetics, caregivers and medical\technical personnel, that this disease can not only be made easier to deal with during our lifetime, but "Hopefully" it can be eliminated in the future so that the only reference to it will be in historical documents as a medical has been!

~Mays~

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-04 08:12:28 -0500 Report

Hi Dr. Gary, my hope is that I can still give thanks for everything I've got and am able to do! My health is good I exercise daily and meditate.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-04 20:12:30 -0500 Report

Hey Set apart,

Attitude of gratitude! Fantastic. Sounds like you have a good daily regimen in place. Hope and action!

Thank you!

Gary

Juan M.
Juan M. 2012-08-03 17:03:45 -0500 Report

Well I will respond by saying this, you were able to keep my attention through this post. I other words, what have said was helpful, pertinent and provoking. So thank you.

I get through the dis-ease by waging war on it. My plan is to win WAY more battles than I lose. There are gonna be some good days & some bad days. I just make sure my good days outweigh my bad days. Peace & Blessings to you my friend!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-04 20:10:47 -0500 Report

Hey Juan,

Thanks a lot for your kind words. Glad that this was helpful to you.

You have a very empowered attitude. Taking it one day at a time, but doing everying in our power to slug it out with diabetes. Fantastic.

So good to be in touch with you. Hope you are having a gread weekend,

Gary

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-03 16:59:47 -0500 Report

Hope an elusive glimmer of light that drives you to take another breath, breath taking golden radience that floods your soul with joy to be alive, and every degree in between.
Hope is strength to face what seems to be the worst that can happen and not falter in your core beliefs.
Hope is a hand to hold when life is dark.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-03 16:43:11 -0500 Report

Hi Dr. Gary. My morning ritual is coffee and my computer. I read newspapers from around the world and across the country. I love being informed.

A group of Ministers, Community Leaders and the Police Department is working towards our communities first Day of Hope. I have been busy working with this and other things around the community. The Day of Hope is just that giving people access to their hopes of improvement. All kinds of services and resources will be made available to them including food given to those in need, financial services, health screenings, job fair, educational training and improvement and prayer services for groups and individuals.

My next ray of hope is the rehabilitation of 17 homes on one of our streets that is mainly vacant. These large stately homes, some with white marble steps will be returned to what they once were and to get the project the contractors must hire people from the community and the homes will be offered to people in the community who want to buy a home before being offered to anyone else.

Personal hope lies in good health for my sister and I and our rather large extended family including our friends. Hope can be anything from hoping to a sunny day tomorrow or living to see many more birthdays to spending time with loved ones. My current hope is for a Kindle Fire so I can stop playing Words with Friends on my phone and stop traveling to the library for books. I can borrow them from the library from my kindle. Since that won't happen anytime soon, I keep my phone charged and visit the library.

Just because you have a chronic disease doesn't mean you lose hope. Those who lose hope are those often wallowing in self pity or surrounded by problems. I refuse to live like that and I refuse to make diabetes my main focus in life.

Even for those who have additional medical problems, financial problems or other problems hope should be getting through the next day and working towards finding solutions to the problems in your life. Financial problems can take a lot out of people but you have to do the best you can with what you have. You may not have a big house, fancy car, have the ability to take fantastic vacations but you can find a solution to working with what you have. There are all kinds of resources out there to help people. You have to know where they are and swallow pride and see if those resources can help you.

No matter what you hope for, it is a sign that you have something positive in your life. Take a day and stop focusing on your own hopes and dreams and have hope for others. Which is why I always hope that no one has to sleep under a bridge or in a car, that no child or senior citizen should ever go to bed too hot, too cold or hungry that no one has to live in substandard housing conditions and that one day people will find a way to all get along.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-04 20:08:22 -0500 Report

Joyce,

This is so filled with positive thinking and wisdom, and so well written! I really appreciate that you took the time to write your reply.

Your words are so filled with hope. Facing life on life's terms, making the best of what you have, finding the joy in each day. I am hoping you get that Kindle soon, too.

I also have learned in my own life that reaching out to others, stepping outside of yourself to be concerned about someone else's needs, also inspires more hope. Paying it forward.

I am so glad that you have a close family.

Thanks so sharing your hope with the rest of us. And I hope that you have a great weekend!

Gary

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-04 20:27:30 -0500 Report

Thanks Dr. Gary, like you I learned that reaching out to others can be a selfless act of kindness. You have to have a very thick skin because it is at times a thankless act of kindness.

In so many cases of helping others, paying it forward can be a blessing. Six years ago on Christmas Day, my sister and I was going to dinner at a relatives house. We had to go through one of our tunnels. The driver in the car in front of us paid our toll. We gave that driver a thumbs up and paid for the driver behind us. The guy caught up with us and gave us a thumbs up. You never know when a person needs help. None of us knew if the other needed help on that Christmas Day yet it did not bother us to help others.

People have got to get out from under the "Dome of Me" and think about someone else. For all anyone knows a neighbor could need food to feed their family, a ride to the doctor, help with cutting the lawn yet before helping too many people will shake their heads in disgust before lending a helping hand.

I you don't have hope for yourself, have hope for someone else. In the end the help you gave to someone could come to you when you need it more than anything else in life.

LOL the Kindle is my dream toy. I have the free APP on my PC and Laptop with over 100 free books that I will read when it is too cold to go to the library.

Have a wonderful weekend.

granniesophie
granniesophie 2012-08-03 14:20:56 -0500 Report

Right now I am just dragging myself from day to day. Hope? What's that??

MAYS
MAYS 2012-08-04 22:09:35 -0500 Report

Sophie, regardless of how we may view life, it is best lived day by day!
Diabetes care falls into the same category, you are not doing anything different than anyone else who has diabetes, continue taking it one day at a time!
Crawling, walking, running and stumbling all dictate forward progress, even if it involves a slight backwards movement at times you have tomorrow to begin anew, so here is a great, big hug ((( Hug ))) for you from all of us here at "DC"…You can do it, We believe in you!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-04 20:32:32 -0500 Report

Sophie, your response saddens me. I think you have hope, you just haven't recognized it. Hope is believing you will keep going, that you will feel that one day the dragging will be over and your life will have picked up, that those around you will love and care about you through thick and thin, that even one of you dreams or wishes will come true and that you will always have faith in yourself. Peace and Love to you.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-04 19:43:33 -0500 Report

Hi granniesophie,

I am sorry to hear that you are dragging. That is a hard way to live. But it sounds like in spite of everything that you are dealing with, you are still dragging yourself. That to me is a sign of hope.

And I am hoping that things get better for you soon!

Gary

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-08-03 13:03:45 -0500 Report

Hope is a natural reflex for me——I expect the best and life usually delivers. Thats attitude and my attitude is one of hope——always!
I have this saying written on my FB profile: My glass isnt just full—its overflowing with technicolor joy juice :)

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-08-04 19:40:22 -0500 Report

dietcherry, that is a fantastic attitude to have. Thanks for checking in and reminding us! Hope you are doing well!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-03 16:45:00 -0500 Report

I would love to see your glass of technicolor joy juice :>) You can never let go of hope. I think that is what keeps a person going.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-08-03 22:07:49 -0500 Report

I wont only show it to you I will share it with you g/f—-cheers !!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-03 22:20:10 -0500 Report

Thanks. You know you should have a tee-shirt made with that on it with a picture of the glass filled with technicolor joy juice with sparkle to make it shimmer :>) that would be awesome