I have found it surprisingly difficult to ask for, and accept, help from others.  By nature I am a fairly independent sort of person, which probably doesn’t help, and my disability is ‘non-visible’ which means that I have an extra invisible barrier of perception to break through as well.  I am sure that people who don’t know about my disability must assume that I am ‘able-bodied’.  This invisible barrier of perception not only affects other people – after all why would they think to ask if I need help carrying my wheeled bag up or down stairs – but perhaps most importantly can affect my ability to pick up the courage to ask for help. 


I have to say though I have received a huge amount of help from some amazingly kind people, whether they are members of the public, shop assistants, work colleagues, friends or family.  I would encourage anyone who needs help to ask for, and accept it.   It’s daft not to really isn’t it!


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1. Embrace the 'new you'

2. Understand pain

3. Understand YOUR pain

4. Know your pain triggers

5. Make plans, set goals

6. Pace yourself

7. Track your progress

8. Improve your sleep

9. Manage health conditions

10. Move and exercise

11. Improve your nutrition

12. Support your mental health

13. Relax and be mindful

14. Do things you enjoy

15. Attend to life stressors

16. Access clinician support

17. Ask for, and accept help

18. Help others understand

19. Review medications

20. Make adaptations, use aids

21. Return to work / education

22. Engage and socialise

23. Volunteer / help others

24. Explore resources

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