Hiding behind a little thing called pride, and the stupidity of wanting to live beyond my means. If I wanted to today, I could call up my father and ask him to pay off everything but my house and if I whined enough he could and would without incurring any debt of his own, but then what would I have learned.
Be careful before you go poking around with sharp instruments, someone might get hurt.
It's admirable that you are now owning up to your mistakes of living beyond your means and to having the privilege of a family support structure that some do not have when times are hard, making it easier for them to go deeper into debt. It is also admirable to do it yourself, especially your statement, "Then what would I have learned."
It's a bitter pill, but you need your medicine!
I really think, if you're serious about eliminating debt, you should lay it on the line with GRS readers, and try not to pay too much attention to unhelpful comments that are harsh/judgmental. It's good to lay the past on the line to get a clearer picture of your financial situation, and behavior/mindset changes that would be beneficial to your long-term personal financial well-being. You sound like you're heading in the right direction, and don't be scared away if you get some tough love in the interim. I only speak for myself, but I know *I've* been there before.