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How do you get through the tough times when you have to rely on your partner?

After 8 months of trying to recover from an ankle injury, I ended up having ankle surgery 2 weeks ago. I made it through, with no major complications. But, I learned even a “minor” surgery is still pretty major. Henry and I have been together 6+ years and we’ve been married almost a year. But, it was still a pretty intense experience for both of us.

I guess it is true, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger… even for couples.

Besides doing EVERYTHING around the house, Henry has also been taking care of me. And I’ve had to let him. And if you’re like me — good at taking care of everyone else — receiving help can be the hardest of all. Especially, because we would both get tired and overwhelmed at times. That’s when we were most likely to run into trouble. But, the important part is that — we would get through those “bumps” and move onto the next challenge.

Except, it felt  like, just when we would say … “I think we’re through the worst of this” there would be something new.  The good news, I’m up on crutches now, with a cute blue cast.  And I think we are finally through the worst of it.

And now, I would love to hear from you.  How do you get through the tough times?  Especially, when you have to rely on your partner to make it through.

Vonda (“Vondie”) Lozano, Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Hypnotherapist. She’s been featured in Cosmopolitan, the Wall Street Journal and on KABC Talk Radio. Vondie offers hypnosis, counseling, and workshops in Ventura. Nearby cities include Camarillo, Ojai and Oxnard.

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