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Phyllisa Deroze is no stranger to the benefits of gratitude in the face of adversity. “When you have diabetes, you’re constantly bombarded with opportunities to feel like a failure, which means you’re always dealing with negative feelings,” she says. Deroze, a global diabetes advocate and academic from Florida, was diagnosed with type 2 eight years ago – about two months after she lost her house and everything she owned in a tornado. She believes “embracing a spirit of gratitude can help you stay grounded and find positivity in a day filled with the opposite”.

It’s that ray of hope that’s made gratitude an anchor in Lauren Bongiorno’s life, too. Living with type 1 diabetes for almost 20 years has affected her mentally as much as physically. Yet through regular yoga

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