Asking for Help

Some years ago, I attended a youth retreat for disabled teenagers. It was there that I met a young woman who had recently become disabled. And it was as if her, I realized something: I’m comfortable asking for help.

This is a skill, that I take for granted. I am needed help to do various things at various times in my life. Some of which, I initially need help with two later in life be able to complete independently.

Learning How to Ask for Help
I feel like learning how to ask for help is an art form. Asking for help is delicate in its art form, first one must recognize that they do in fact need help and be able to accept that within themselves. Then, realizing the areas that you need help with. This is the part I struggle with especially, because I learned to do tasks that in my younger years I couldn’t. So now it becomes a matter of balance. When do I ask for help? When do I try first before asking for help? Does anyone else find asking for a social challenge? If so, how did you or do you overcome this, any advice for asking for help? Do you have any advice to help others in this area?

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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5 Responses to Asking for Help

  1. I think you should try something by yourself first and if the task appears too difficult, then ask for help. Great topic FYI!

  2. Elizabeth Eberhart-Moffat says:

    These questions are so basic to all of us. Your “sharings” are helping so many – abled and differently abled. Right on, LaurA!

  3. It’s funny I came across this post, Laura, because I just wrote about something similar in my blog tonight. I have a lot of trouble asking for help. Sometimes I feel like I’m interrupting something, or bothering people.

    But that is because I was always encouraged to be independent. It’s gotten harder as I’ve gotten older, though. So this was a good blog post, because now I know that it’s not just me that has trouble with it sometimes.

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