Motivation struggle

By Gwen214 Latest Reply 2013-03-24 12:00:06 -0500
Started 2013-03-19 09:49:37 -0500

I'm throwing out this question. This question are for those who have been handling diabetes for more than 20 years. It will be 27 years in June 2013. How do you keep your emotions in check? This last year I've been sick more often, and been diagnosed with 2 other disorders. Depression and anxiety settling in… How do you keep yourself motivated? I continue to do what I need to do, and have been, but finding myself struggling with depression, and anxiety, body aches, I'm a little frustrated and getting tired of being sick. I'm only 39, but I've heard being a diabetic ads years to your body. Even though I'm doing everything right,I feel like my body slows down. Does that make sense? I feel like my mind wants one thing but my body is limited.

22 replies

elaine52 2013-03-24 11:32:07 -0500 Report

I too have had diabetes for 27 years. I struggle with motivation on most days , even though I have several of the complications of the disease. You would think that would be enough to give me some motivation, but I get so burnt out all all the finger sticks,( 4 per day), and the shots,(5 a day) plus the diet watching, the pill taking for other problems. I am 60 years old but feel so much older.

Gwen214 2013-03-23 18:55:22 -0500 Report

I guess I was misunderstood about my depression and anxiety. I'm not depressed because I have diabetes. I know I have it, and its a part of me. My blood sugars are very stable. I do feel that diabetes has a link to depression, there are other stresses in my live that I'm going through. The motivational struggle has to do with everyday activities, I don't find exciting anymore. Like I said, I continue to do the things I need to do to take care of myself. Does anyone have a busy life and continue to be on top of things, but depression seems to creep in somehow.

jigsaw 2013-03-23 17:21:02 -0500 Report

I try my best to focus on all the positives. Admittedly, things get me down once in a while, but not for long. I refuse to let diabetes get me down for more than an occasional spurt. Here's a story I repeat to myself and others from time to time. It's about the guy who complained about not owning a pair of shoes, that is until he saw the guy that had no feet! I do my best to pull myself up by the ole boot straps when necessary. Going on my 20th year with diabetes. I strongly suspect you have a great deal to cheer up about!!! Oh, not to sound like superman, I do reach out for support on occasion, it's good for the heart ans soul.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-03-21 22:42:06 -0500 Report

Hi Gwen,

It's nice to see you again, my friend. I am sorry to hear you are struggling with staying motivated. You included a couple of words that raised an alarm with me, depression and anxiety. Individuals who are living with diabetes often report that they feel depressed, diabetes can present a lot of challenges.

Have you talked to your doctor about your depression and anxiety? If not, I would really encourage you to reach out. He/she may have some suggestions. I wold also encourage you to consider sitting down with a counselor and talking about what's going on with you. Chronic conditions like diabetes bring up a lot of emotions, and it can help to talk with a professional, and get some perspective as well as some ideas for coping.

I am glad you reached out. Support is power. I hope you will get some help. Don't go through this alone.

Stay in touch, okay?


Gwen214 2013-03-21 23:00:26 -0500 Report

Thanks, I'm a step ahead of you. I wanted to see how other long term diabetics make it through day by day. And if any has or is going through this. I've spoke to my doctor, and I've been seeing a counselor. I still struggle. I was hesitant to do both, but have a very supportive family member who referred me to find the help. I appreciate your concern, and the encouragement from everyone.


Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-03-22 10:37:45 -0500 Report

Hi Wendy, I am very glad to hear you are a step ahead of me. That is taking very good care of yourself! One day at a time. Thanks a lot for letting me know. Please keep us posted on how you're doing! Gary

Mikeal72 2013-03-21 21:53:49 -0500 Report

I empathize gwen. Diabetes is hard on the mind and body. I dont have any tips or tricks because I'm still new to this. Maybe knowing others feel just like you do can provide some small comfort

Gulf 2013-03-21 21:30:21 -0500 Report

Diabetic for 35years. I am motivated by trying to be an example for children who have been convinced that they are not capable of living life to the fullest. This gives me the strength to get back on the tightrope of day to day management when I fall off.

liquorish 2013-03-21 21:27:15 -0500 Report

Hello Gwen. I have been diabetic for about 17 years. The more I learned, the less depressed I became. Knowledge is power. It's possible your medication needs adjusting, or maybe you need to do something physical that is fun. Like gardening or walking the dog. And I think that being with your nieces and nephews is one of the very best ways to slough off the depression. Kids have a way of lifting your spirits without even knowing they are doing it. Have you tried the recipes these sites offer? Some are pretty good. And you know what? The Lord said we would have bad days, but if you give it to Him, He'll find something great to do with it. I used to decorate cakes. That was alot of fun, and took up alot of time. Of course, that was before I was diabetic. But I still do it on occasion for friends or special occasions. It's harder now though, with the arthritis in my hands. Keep up your spirits, and come here to chat anytime you need to. Liquorish

stone3xc5 2013-03-21 12:57:03 -0500 Report

For me, it has been one foot in front of the other, one day at a time. A lot of strides have been made in the treatment of diabetes since I was dianosed over 35 yrs ago. But now with the advent of technology and all the ways we can get information at our fingertips, for me, it's easierto stay motivated.
As for the slowing down and body aches, some of that might, I said, might be atributed, in some part to age. It happens, all people, in that respect, are not created equal.

daydreamer630 2013-03-20 15:37:36 -0500 Report

Wow I feel your pain! I've had type one for 20 years in June. Being diabetic I know I have to watch my stress level! That's easier said then done. My mom is very ill and I too have several other health conditions. Some days I just don't know how to keep pushing on! Lately I've been trying a new approach, I'm looking for the positive. We only have this one life to live why am I looking at all the bad?!? It helps to have somebody to talk to or even a journal as cliché as that might sound sometimes it helps to see the things you've over come. We tend to be a lot stronger than we think. If you ever need someone to talk to just send me a message. =)

GabbyPA 2013-03-19 14:37:16 -0500 Report

Sometimes we want to think that we are not sick at all. We work hard to live normal lives, but the truth of the matter is, that we do have a chronic disease that sometimes gets the best of us. We don't "look sick" so we are often laughed off when we talk about our bodies and the ways we don't feel right. It's not just a matter of will or attitude.

I am not saying these things to say we should not strive to live a fulfilled life. But sometimes we have to face our limits. My husband is wheelchair bound. There are days he just laments his inability to walk any more. It's okay to wish and want, as long as we understand that we have our set of limits.

Gwen214 2013-03-19 13:32:42 -0500 Report

I do that, my life is full. I work, go to school, volunteer, read my bible everyday. Revolve my what little time I have with my nephews and niece, and I still feel this way.

tinkerbell54 2013-03-19 11:07:15 -0500 Report

Gwen I to have had depression 2 . But help me was my Faith In GOD & Read my 1611 King James BIBLE. & praying to GOD thank always Helps. & taking walks . & getting involved in Groups maybe at ur Nephews scool & maybe ur nince shool. or senior center Tinkerbell 54

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