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Heather Miller

Posts: 45
Location: Illinois
Member since: 4/08/2018


When I first received my diagnosis, I was both angry and depressed. I didn't want to spend the rest of my time feeling those emotions. At the recommendation of a friend, I began a gratitude journal. I began writing down five things I was thankful for every night before I went to bed, even if I just repeated myself from the day before. I found that doing this helped me gain a little perspective on all that I do have. 

I started to write about my emotions, the things I thought, feared, hoped for, and wanted from my life. It helped me process my feelings and come to a place of acceptance. There are still days where I get angry or depressed about my terminal illness, but I find that these days aren't nearly as frequent as they used to be. 

I plan to give my journals to my husband when I pass away. I hope they will give him insight into the things I was feeling and thinking and perhaps even bring him a little comfort. 

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Ebony Clemmons

Posts: 10
Location: Chicago
Member since: 19/02/2019

Has it helped you, Heather?  Maybe I should try doing the same thing.  I've been feeling so broken lately.  Maybe a gratitude journal will help turn things around. I've started journaling here, but the entry is about spiritual pain which is obviously not about gratitude. At the moment I'm struggling to see the good in life. How did you get started?  

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Helena P.

Posts: 10
Location: Maine
Member since: 15/04/2019

I am a big fan of journalling, although I'm not writing a proper day-to-day diary. I'm more into creating lists or writing down random thoughts. Sometimes fatigue makes me feel woozy, I start worrying about forgetting something important, and at the same time I'm overwhelmed by "all the things I have to do". Then I look at my tidy little list with heart-shaped bullet points (hey, my journal, my rules!) and think that, after all, I can make it through... one point at a time.