Strength isn’t about being independent

Strength isn’t about being independent and doing everything yourself. Knowing when and how to ask for a hand shows that you understand your capabilities and aren’t threatened by another’s abilities.

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

This is something I’m slowly learning as I go along. Living with chronic illnesses like Graves Disease and Fibromyalgia, life changes and you can’t do as much as you used to be able to do. Today, my husband and I are going out to encourage a friend’s band. In order to be able to attend, I couldn’t do as much in the day time. I had to rest and make sure I kept the pain levels as low as possible and my energy level as high as possible. For example, I had to ask help from my husband to bring the clean clothes from the laundry room in the basement to our bedroom, because I knew the combination of stairs and carrying the laundry would trigger more pain and exhaustion.

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