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Feeling like a Burden?

I know I'm not the only one who has felt this way. All of us at some point in life have felt like a burden in one way or another. It's especially hard for those of us who now deal with a disability that keeps us from doing things that were so easy and important for us to do. I can no longer do the physical work around the house and yards that I used to do and enjoyed doing. Having to depend on my wife to now do some of these things, is hard for me to handle. But, if the situation were reversed she knows that I would do whatever I needed to do for her.

The feeling of being a burden just doesn't apply to your family and friends only. It's a feeling that can cover many areas of our life. For me, because of my physical limitations, it's like having to ask someone for help reaching for a product in the grocery store or asking a neighbor for help changing a light bulb in the house because I can no longer reach it, there are many other examples. But, over time that feeling should fade and become a thing of the past. DO NOT let this feeling of being a burden overtake you!! You must be strong and tell yourself you WILL NOT think this way anymore.

Now I'm just a guy who wants to pass on some of my experiences dealing with life after a stroke. I'm no means a medical professional and I don't give medical advice. But, I would encourage you to physically, mentally, and spiritually take care of yourself. For me, that's playing and listening to music, praying and reading my daily devotions, and doing my best to eat a healthy diet. Find out what works for you and if you need to, seek help from someone who can guide you through the process. As I say to others I'll say to you, There is a future for stroke survivors. We don’t have to feel like outcasts. All of us can do something.”

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell

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