Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Asking for Help

I do not like to ask for help. I'm not sure if it's the idea that people may say "no" or that the helper will view me as helpless. Either way, I know it's a bunch of crap. I know that when I have the opportunity to give help to someone, it feels good. I also know that NO ONE can do it all alone...with or without MS.

“The strong individual is the one who asks
for help when he needs it. Whether he has an abscess on his knee or in his soul.”
~ Rona Barret

“The glad hand is all right in sunshine, but it's the helping hand on a dark day that folks remember to the end of time.”
~ Amadeo Giannini

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'
~Brian Tracy

Help thy brother's boat across, and Lo! Thine own has reached the shore

~ Hindu Proverb

“I came upon a doctor who appeared in quite poor health. I said, 'There's nothing that I can do for you that you can't do for yourself.' He said, 'Oh yes you can. Just hold my hand. I think that that would help.' So I sat with him a while then I asked him how he felt. He said, 'I think I'm cured.'”

~ Conor Oberst

To help all created things, that is the measure of all our responsibility; to be helped by all, that is the measure of our hope.

~ Gerald Vann

There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being - to help someone succeed.”
~ Alan Loy McGinnis

You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.
Jim Stovall

Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life - a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.

~ Princess Diana

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.”

~ Charles Dickens

“The glad hand is all right in sunshine, but it's the helping hand on a dark day that folks remember to the end of time.”
~ Amadeo Giannini


  1. Hi Julie,

    It seems like you're an active blogger in the MS community and I wanted to let you know that I work with BioMS Medical, a small company in Canada developing a new treatment for Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.

    From your posts, I thought you might be interested in some more information on the company and the treatment.

    The treatment is in Phase III trials right now and looks promising. Patients only need to go in for an injection twice a year, and data has already shown that the drug delays progression of the disease up to five years.

    As a side note, the story behind the company is cool - the founder's wife was diagnosed with MS years ago and he set out to find a cure for her. He found this experimental treatment at the University of Alberta, she's been on the drug for almost 15 years, and he founded BioMS Medical.

    Thought it might be up your ally. Let me know if you'd like to learn more. Thanks.


  2. Rona Barret, now there is a name I haven't heard in a hundred years! It's not always easy to ask for help, for me it's one of the few common sense things I do though.


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  4. I agree asking for help is a tough thing to do. We have to bite the bullet though and ask for and accept help when we need it.
    I love the Rona Barret quote. Thanks so much for sharing the quotes.