It was right after my husband and I came back from bringing my parents to Connecticut, to stay with my cousin and her husband, that I saw the wall descend. This wall was imaginary. It was the kind I knew I had to scale, yet had no idea how.

It came as a result of Hurricane Sandy and a subsequent repair bill of more than $100,000 that no one had. You see, my husband and I were tasked with the responsibility of finding my parents an Assisted Living facility and getting them onto Medicaid, not to mention selling their very damaged house.

Needless to say, we were overwhelmed. I was scared. I had no idea what I needed to do let alone how I had to do it. I needed information and I needed information immediately.  I turned to the Internet only to be frustrated at how little information I actually got, compared to the time I spent.

I discussed all this with the same cousin my parents were with. She’s nine years older than I am and had to deal with issues related to her father, my uncle, year’s prior. Her response to me was, “if you’ll let me, I’ll help you.”

It was such a simple statement, yet powerful and it meant the world to me. It immediately lifted my burden. It didn’t mean all the things I had to do suddenly evaporated or that my cousin made the hard decisions or did everything for me. Not even close.

What it meant was that I wasn’t alone, that there was someone who had and was willing to share resources, that there was someone who could direct me.

That’s what’s at the very heart of Let it be a resource for you.