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No Motivation

I have diabetes from since I was 1 year and half, I am now 18 years old. I have always had a problem with checking my sugar and giving myself insulin. The reason being is because I’ve always wanted to feel like a normal teenage girl. Now that I am becoming a young adult, I think it’s time that I have to take care of myself, but I have a problem, there is no motivation. I have no motivation to push me to where I need to do what I need and suppose to do. How do I do what I’m suppose to do without that motivation to push me for a better life style? I really need it, because I don’t want to worry my parents when the time comes to go to college or to live on my own. Please help me, anyone, please.

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  • Hello!
    I don’t have diabetes, but my son does, nearly 5 years now. He is nearly 18 years old and we have had our struggles with him, still are. And we have had many positives too! More positives.

    If you lack motivation why don’t you start with small steps and build on that. For example if you haven’t the motivation to test your BS why not set yourself an achievable target e.g. ensure to test the in the morning and evening. Just those 2 a day for a week and then do a third and continue with 3 a day etc etc.

    At one stage my son didn’t take a single test for over 10 days. I was , as his mum, extremely concerned. As at that time my son wasn’t testing at all, I suggested he just tested in the morning and at night , as his diabetic team said these 2 tests were the most vital ones. We went with 2 tests a day for a while . He now tests regularly approx 4 tests a day.

    Baby steps I say 🙂

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  • Hi @peachesl,

    As @morseyami says, “baby steps”, one little bit at a time and let things build from there. I just hope that you get the motivation before waiting too long the way I did – I’m paying for that now. I was diagnosed decades before self blood testing was available [even in hospital BS results couldn’t be reported on the day blood was drawn] and I really never took care of myself and was in denial – not telling anyone at school that I had diabetes.

    About a month after I was married, in 1966, I visited a doctor for the first time in many years and was informed that I had retinopathy and would be totally blind within two years – that woke me up and I decided that I needed to work at managing my diabetes. Long story short on my retinopathy; I was introduced to Dr. Lloyd M. Aiello, a Boston ophthalmologist, who had had a theory that a laser beam might be able to repair some of the damage I had inflicted on myself – I volunteered as a guinea pig and had a weapon grade ruby laser used on my left eye in 1967 and I can still see to read your posting.

    I have a feeling Peaches that something has already motivated you – you took the time to find this site and post. A big step. Now set some goals for yourself – I hear you saying college – for that you will need your health to be relatively stable so you can achieve. I’m thinking you will.

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