I am a diabetic who has fallen off the wagon and needs help getting up.

Stubborn diabetic
By Stubborn diabetic Latest Reply 2011-04-29 19:26:02 -0500
Started 2011-04-26 14:42:28 -0500

You know how you are so anxious when you first get diagnosed with diabetes and you do everything you are suppose to for about 1 year or so and then something just happens. A death in the family, family problems, work problems, etc. Then you just seem to slide down that hill to your old bad habits, how do you get back up and start over again?

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Stephie Lynn
Stephie Lynn 2011-04-29 09:45:09 -0500 Report

As cheesy as it sounds, I find my motivation in my son. He's only one year old and I know I don't want to risk not being there for him when he's older. That being said, it is still extremely hard not to give up many days. I've been a diabetic for seven years now, and I still struggle between acceptance, anger, and despair. Right now I find myself so extremely burned out and it takes all that I can to do what I need to do to keep myself healthy.

I am finding that motivation is more of a concious choice these days than an actual feeling. I don't feel motivated at all, but I am making myself stick with it. Doesn't mean I don't complain bitterly though!

Anytime you need to vent, def come talk to me - I'll listen! I find that sometime thats all I need - someone going through the same challenges who will listen to me vent.

jayabee52 2011-04-29 19:26:02 -0500 Report

That's part of the beauty of this site. We can get it out in a place where others are also "walking the walk" of trying to control this condition, and we're not judged.

luci1943 2011-04-29 05:19:09 -0500 Report

Good morning, I'm so sorry that you're going through this, I'll keep you In my prayers and thoughts, I'll ask God to help you, to do what Is right and good for youe health :-) Hang In there, stay focused

jayabee52 2011-04-29 03:49:12 -0500 Report

I am one who had fallen into denial early in my fight with Diabetes ("DM"). I now have painful burning neuropathy in feet and calves, tingling neuro in my hands fingers and groin. I have ED. I have chronic kidney disease, and had to be on hemodialysis for 10 months — and eventually may get so bad that I have to do it again.

My life is not fun, nor pleasant. But I have chosen NOT TO GIVE UP! I have 3 sons who have their maternal g-mother, and their mother had gestational DM and a dad who has DMt2 and an uncle (my brother) with it too. My mother had shown signs of prediabetes, so I want to be around to try to warn them and if they should happen to get it, to support them as best I can.

How do you get up and start over again? Just do it!

Take baby steps toward learning about DM, and how to combat this condition. You are in a marathon, "stubborn", you seemed to start out as though it was a sprint. Please come here as often as you can. Learn from the discussions and the News Articles, and the "Living with diabetes" sections Look at the videos. Learn to what things your body reacts, foods. drinks, medications, and in what way. Learn about yourself.

Don't let the bast@rd diabetes win!

MewElla 2011-04-28 08:30:54 -0500 Report

I know for me, if I fall down and don't get right back up, it would become so easy for me to slide and then days would pass, then weeks, and then who knows…The motivation inside me is the word DIABETES!! and knowing first hand what it did for my late husband. I will get up each day and lace up my PFlyers and walk…I will fight this disease on a daily basis, I love it when I feel good and healthy..

cherokee925 2011-04-26 15:49:22 -0500 Report

I have been there so many times that it became a really bad habit for me and I would end up getting sick or end up in the hospital. Don't be hard yourself just start again and realize that you want to feel good and get back on track. I know for me I have reached me breaking point of being sick of the ups and downs and decided to take this disease seriously and got my act together. You can do it and we are all here to support you.

GabbyPA 2011-04-26 15:39:30 -0500 Report

I know what you mean. My dedication was so strong in the start and I was having great results. Not enough, but I was going in the right direction. Then as I added meds, I got lazy and it is a frustrating place to be. I have been diagnosed since 2008 and I am now getting a second wind of "I must do this RIGHT" feeling and that is good.

The way to start over is to do just that. Remember the things that worked for you in the beginning. I kept a lot of notes and I got out my old file to start reviewing my notes and get going again. It takes a few weeks of shear determination.

Just 21 days to make a good habit. What helped me get back on track was to use the "21 Days Guide" that we offer here on the site. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/21-days-guide I got me back into consistent testing, logging my foods and looking at how much exercise I am taking.

Nonna2Three 2011-04-26 14:56:18 -0500 Report

I have only been diagnosed since January (today is day 100 for me) so I don't really know what to tell you other than maybe start doing online research to remind the subconscious of the threat this disease is to your overall health and well-being.

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