I am reminded of the importance of friends and family during this holiday season, as I am on every holiday season. But I think that, as I get older, being near the people I care most about has become even more important to me. I was fortunate to have family visiting over Thanksgiving. A wonderful time for sure. Also a reminder of how important support is in maintaining our emotional wellness. I hope everyone reading these words is also able to connect with family and friends during the month ahead.
Dr. Gary McClain
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Questions? Ask Dr. Gary
Q: I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I am really trying to face up to this condition and maintain my independence. But there are days when I know I need help. My family is telling me that I am being stubborn when all I am trying to do is be a Fighter. When is it time to ask for help?
A: Fighters may have a reputation as the ideal role models but they aren’t always good at seeking out support unless someone shows them how much worse things will be if they don’t.
Fighters often view themselves as so in control of their situation that they can handle every...