Is there a recipe for a good life with diabetes?

I read a great book in german about psyching out diabetes ("Diabetes ist meine Sache" by Axel Hirsch).
It made me see so many things in a more realistic, relaxed but also empowering way...
At the end of that book I made a little list with the things that helped me most (along with my own ideas) and I thought that would make a nice blog entry. Here we go:

1. Humor- Laughing about some of my weird diabetes habits instead of blaming me and analyzing it down to the ground.

2. Acceptance- Be compassionate about yourself

3. Realistic- Diabetes is neither a lucky challenge, nor a catastrophe

4. Empowerment- You have the choice to decide about how you treat your diabetes, and noone else

5. Open minded- Try again and again and again... No matter how many drawbacks you have, change is always possible!

6. Limits- They have to be accepted without generating new ones that aren't there

7. Letting go- There are much more important things in my life but diabetes. Living healthily enables me to enjoy them

8. Honest- I should be honest about myself without blaming me

9. Feelings- Must be accepted as they are, good ones and bad ones, coming and going...

10. Active- Living an active life gives me the power and motivation to keep up good health!

Well... There's no recipe, but some ingredients might help! ;-)

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Comment by Joe_h on October 22, 2010 at 7:44am
that's a nice post. will check the book out but my german is quite rusty
Comment by Bradford on October 22, 2010 at 7:47am
Really enjoyed your post Astrid. I don't speak German though so I'll have to take your word on the quality of the book :-)
I really liked your ingredients too!
Comment by Mario on October 22, 2010 at 9:19am
Nice post Astrid.

For myself, I also "Stop feeling guilty about everything"

We are human !
Comment by Kimmy on October 22, 2010 at 12:22pm
For me, it's "Everything in moderation."
Comment by KimKat on October 22, 2010 at 2:29pm
I have been wanting to read this book. A few others recommended it on here. Sounds like you do too! :)
Comment by Les on October 22, 2010 at 6:21pm
Nice summary for an approach to living with Diabetes. Thanks. Not sure the book is readily available stateside. Would like to try it with my limited German.
Comment by Stephen Gobin on October 23, 2010 at 3:45am
@ Astrid - Hast du die verschiedenen Diabetes-Bücher von Grit Ott gelesen? Schön geschrieben, einfaches Deutsch. Da ich als Übersetzer arbeite - mit Sprachrichtung Deutsch > Englisch - möchte ich sie gern übersetzen.
Comment by KimKat on October 23, 2010 at 11:38am
Actually this book "Psyching Out Diabetes" is available in English and in the states. It is old though. You will have to get a used copy.

Hmm... maybe these aren't the same books. I thought maybe you were reading the German version of this book above. Perhaps they are different. Different authors. I don't speak German so I not sure of the translation of your book name.
Comment by KimKat on October 23, 2010 at 11:41am
Gee, I just noticed that I can get it as cheap as 80 cents used on Amazon. Why have I been waiting? I kept looking on Ebay for a cheap version. Duh. :)
Comment by Corinna on October 24, 2010 at 12:54pm
Thanks for the cheer. Attitude influences how we experience life, with or without diabetes. Thanks for the reminders to stay on the positive side.


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