After being diagnosed with mesothelioma and undergoing a long surgery, I wanted to do it all, but I just couldn’t. Family and friends stepped in to help.
I’ve been there plenty of times when I felt as if I didn’t want to ask anyone for help.
When I was first diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma 16 years ago, I felt as if I needed all the help I could get. I was a new mom, new wife and knew nothing about the things that were ahead. I’m not going to lie — there were times where I thought I could do a certain thing on my own. But it turned out I couldn’t, which made me and my husband frustrated.
I remember after I came home from the hospital after having a 10-and-a-half-hour surgery and a week hospital stay, I couldn’t do my “normal” routine. I needed help bathing, sometimes walking, getting in and out of bed, etc. Things that may seem so little to others was hard for me. To top that off, I couldn’t care for my five-month-old like I wanted to.
I truly thank God for my husband because he stepped up to the plate tremendously. He was my caretaker, as well as being super dad/mom to our son. My husband would change the diapers, bath, feed, get up in the middle of the night — you name it, he did it.
I would have been a fool to not allow my husband or family to help me during the time I needed them the most.
Help can come in many different forms and avenues. To accept help it’s important to be open minded and remember that the person who is helping you are assisting you with something you can’t do or may have a hard time doing. Also, your family member or friend who may he helping you to make things easier for you as well.
Here are five reasons why I decided to accept help during my cancer journey:
Help can be someone praying with you, sending you meals for the week, assisting you with your day-to-day task, running errands, babysitting or even just keeping you company and talking to you.
Maybe you’re reading this and you’re thinking, “I don’t need any help I get this on my own!” Put your pride to the side and accept help during this journey. You don’t want the day or time to come when you would have wished you could have accepted help from someone.
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