Life is made up of give and take moments. When we are out of balance on either side many facing life-altering diagnoses fall prey to symptoms and diminished health. I read lots of books, magazines and blogs about facing life with illness. Some of it mirrors my own experience with health issues and sometimes my situation seems unique.
What I’ve learned is that it’s okay to ask for what you need. If you need advice, resources, tools for coping then ask for it. My assumption is that you are creating opportunities to share your story because you’re looking for others to bear witness to your life and sometimes even offer solutions to challenges. Asking is a strength not a weakness. We gain knowledge and empower our bodies and our soul’s when we ask for help.
On the other hand it’s important to offer what you can. That’s why I’m intent on responding to the blogs that I read. If someone is willing to share their deepest concerns and challenges I feel as part of the community the need to honor that sharing. If you stand at the edge of a canyon and yell you can hear the echo go on forever. I believe what we’re really doing at that point is hoping somene will yell back and answer our echo.