Today’s Daily Prompt asks ‘when you’re unwell, do you allow others to take care of you, or do you prefer to soldier on alone? What does it take for you to ask for help?’ which I found to be an interesting subject so I thought I’d use it for my post today.
I’ve been unwell ~ breast cancer ~ diagnosed at the end of 2001 which means I’ve been dealing with the fallout of the disease for almost 12 years. Certainly it doesn’t seem that long, but at times, it feels like forever. I’ve been unwell to all different degrees with the pink beast ~ my body has endured more than her share of surgeries, with one still on the horizon and more medicines have been pumped into her with all different side effects as a result. Believe me, I’ve had my share. There have been days where I couldn’t get out of bed due to intense pains, but I soldiered on with help so that I could be a part of my family for a little while each day. I’ve tried to be an inspiration to my family and others, although I’m not afraid of asking for help when needed. Being a Mom/Wife with an active family but being under the weather, I needed and accepted all of the help that was given so kindly to me.
But today as it so happens that I”m battling a cold/allergies ~ not quite sure which, but it’s something I’ve been battling now since Friday and not getting any better. My boys are older now so they can help around the house which is great news for me. Will I ask for help from others outside our immediate family? No. But will I accept help? Yes. In fact, during the torrential storms of yesterday, my neighbor stopped by and asked if I needed anything as she was going to the store. I took the opportunity to ask for a gallon of milk which she bought for me and delivered so kindly during a crazy storm which flooded our neighborhood. I am blessed.
Do you accept help or do you soldier on? I find that people often want to help, but don’t know how or what to offer. For me, it was easy ~ feed me and my family! So the next time you hear of a friend who needs a helping hand, take that special opportunity to connect with them ~ offer to make dinner or go to the grocery store. Perhaps you take her/him out to lunch or drive them somewhere ~ even helping with rides for the children helps when you’re battling an illness.
It’s when we send out love that we receive even more than we send out! Take a moment today to see who you can help ~ you can make a difference for even the smallest of kindnesses sometimes mean the most!
When I thought of SOS, I thought of this song…perhaps you’re in the mood for a little Abba?
When you’re unwell, do you allow others to take care of you, or do you prefer to soldier on alone? What does it take for you to ask for help?