Through out my life I was always thought to be "the strong one" by friends. While I loved being dependable, reliable and the "rock" when others needed help (its no wonder I became a social worker), what I lacked in my life was the option to be vulnerable and the ability to ask for and accept the help of others. Through life's journey I have been able to improve my ability to seek strength from others and answers when I had none. This required that I surrender my need for control and learn to trust that the people I have surrounded myself with continue to love me and stand shoulder to shoulder with me during my times of weakness and need. This was not an easy task as it required that I go against all the years of not letting myself be seen as weak or unsure. However, once I was able to surrender, I gained so much. I gave myself permission to be human and imperfect and to be open to the strength of others. My recent bout with diabetes has reinforced my new ability to accept the support of my friends, family and health care team. This gives me the confidence and optimism I need to fight the good fight against diabetes.
How do you ask for and accept the support and assistance of others?
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