With a Little Help from My Friends
- Mimi Emig
Six years ago, I retired early because of serious health problems. I’d worked for decades as a doctor.
Early on, it was difficult for me to ask for and accept help. I was always the one who stepped in, not the one who needed assistance. Well-meaning friends would say, “Let me know if I can do anything.” I was floundering.
I’ve had multiple setbacks: hospitalizations, surgeries and complex medical problems. I’ve learned to gradually cede control. There are times when I’m just not able to do everything myself.
I’m grateful for the cadre of friends who’ve stepped up.
Have someone in your life with serious health problems? You may want to help but not know what to offer. Here are suggestions to get you started:
Even if you live far away, you can still help. Call or text. Send something through the mail. Arrange for delivery of food.
At some point, each of us will know someone who’s going through health problems, or we'll be there ourselves.
Step up. Offer concrete help. People like you are a lifeline for us.
Grand Rapids, Michigan