Month of Gratitude - Trying to Stay Positive

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Month of Gratitude - Trying to Stay Positive

I am generally a very upbeat person. I try to stay positive in all aspects of my life: personal, work, diabetes. But sometimes, I find myself exhausted, sad, and in my mind, to crawl into bed and hide under the covers. Today is the first of the month -  the first day of the upbeat holiday season that brings us to reflect on the year and set goals for the coming year.

For me, this year has been full of changes, obstacles and challenges. I have struggled to find a proper work-life balance, coordinated two Weekend for Women Conferences in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, witnessed both my parents experience surgeries in their 70s, worked with my husband to figure out a happy home life with our son, and managed my diabetes. As we enter this holiday season, I am exhausted: physically and mentally. I am proud of this year and all that has been accomplished, but I am having a very hard time keeping things in perspective and maintaining a positive attitude.

I fear this will impact my home life, work life, and health. And right now, I need the support of my DiabetesSisters. I have had the honor of meeting many of you in person and hope that my work with DiabetesSisters has impacted you in a positive way. Now, I hope I can count on you to support me in the same way. Please help me to find gratitude for the wonderful things in my life and even for the obstacles that I face on my journey.

Thank you for your patience as I work my way out of this dark hole.


Hello Anna, I appreciate all that you do. Take time for balance in your life. Find 2 or 3 small things to enjoy every day and take the time to rest. You are important to all of us. Most fondly, Clara Schneider MS,RD,RN,CDE,LDN
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Submitted by CSchneider on Sun, 11/02/2014 - 5:46pm

Thanks, Claire, for your kind words. I am feeling better.... but not my best. I am working on taking some quiet time for myself. Hugs!
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Submitted by annatnorton on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 1:22pm

You know how much I appreciate all you do, but feel badly that you are feeling overwhelmed. Agree with Clara, take more time for yourself if you can. Try at least 3 days a week to rest or do something you enjoy. It's so hard when our parents grow older and have health issues. Must be even harder when distance separates you. Will say a prayer you work this out soon.You have made a beautiful family and you do an incredible job at DS. You can surely be proud of both these accomplishments...
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Submitted by CindyCamp on Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:24pm