I've debated about whether or not I wanted to share this, but have decided too. Hopefully you'll find it encouraging.
Often times, we have a difficult time accepting help from others. If you've followed my posts, you know that my family is not only battling cancer but under severe financial stress as well. We have had to beg for money on more than one occasion so we could keep medical insurance and our house.
In December, Stephanie posted on her website that she dreamed of going to Disney with our kids. So, some friends (he's also got cancer) raised money for us to make the trip. We used frequent flyer miles for tickets, and a friends brother works for Disney and got us a 40% discount on the hotels. Plus a "make a wish" type group gave us 3 days of passes to the parks for the entire family. We spent 6 days in the parks - 7 days in Orlando and had a great time. Stephanie had chemo on the morning we left, then raced to meet us at the airport. Then, we had a week with no doctors appts - just Mickey.
Then, some other friends (she has cancer in remission) who are also triathletes bought me a new triathlon bike. They know how badly I've wanted a bike - I've been using a used road bike. They work for a bike shop, so were able to get the bike at cost and wanted to give it to me so I could use triathlon to cope as Stephanie's health declines.
All that to remind you - people want to help you and will do extraordinary things, if you allow them too. It's good for you. It's good for them. It was difficult for me to accept these things, but we were hugely blessed by doing so.