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Being the One In Need

There are times when I hope I am able to give support and counsel to those of you who need it.

There are other times, like now, when I am the one in need.

And I'll be honest, I don't really like being the one who needs the help.

But that pride seems silly now. A relic of my pre-cancer life.

I have no problem asking for help these days. What's amazing is that I don't even have to ask any more.

I need help right now, serious help. And, without asking, I already feel the cushion of all of your good wishes ... and your strength.

It's an amazing feeling, unlike anything else in the world.

I feel that, and I feel fortunate.