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Jan 11, 2009
Under the circumstances, NORMAL, not "nuts"
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Thank you, Mike, for sharing more of your story with my visitors and me.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

Jan 11, 2009
you are not crazy
by: touched2mysoul

You are not crazy... what you are experiencing is normal ... at least from my perspective... I too have experienced all of what you described... not wanting to hurt others feelings, feeling like im always under watch, not feeling good enough to stand up for myself even when i should.
In an effort to feel connected or to explain myself i too have tried to talk with family or friends about my childhood experiences...only to find that they couldnt relate... didnt get it...thought i was crazy or making myself depressed on purpose... it made me feel even more alone. I have since been blessed to find an incredible therapist who relates.. who gets me and listens and offers the right solutions for me to be able to grow as a person. Finding someone who hears you and relates is key. This site as well has been a tremendous help as it has given me the strenght to go public (in a way) with my experience and also to find others from around the world who speak the language of child abuse survivors. I have often felt like i come from a different planet, speaking a different language, seeing things from a different perspective, having different fears, different expectations etc..I now understand it to be the language of those who have suffered from abuse... from their child person being altered...
Know that you are not alone, I for one appreciate your sharing on this site... your emotions and experiences shadow my own... familiary draws us together... your sharing is appreciated!
Hang in there... you are not alone in your need to grow... and no you are not crazy... the ones that hurt us are the ones who have the problems...

Jan 11, 2009
Not your imagination
by: Francine

Mike, what your parents did to you is wrong. As for the part of your earlier post that you forgot to type down, that "evil smirk" on your mom's face tells me that she must've taken pleasure in getting you into trouble at times when she made you tell her a "secret" only for her to spill it by telling your dad...and when she asked you to help your dad with you-know-what and you refused to help him, she had the audacity to slap you hard...these are so out of line...literally...but at least your mom protected you in the other times, too. However, your mom really needs help anyways. Maybe a friendly trip to the therapist can help her, but you need help, too. You'll need to ttake counselling cuz you (and your Mom) really deserve the kind of help that you deserve. I wish you, your wife and your kids all the best. BTW, there is no reason to threaten to beat the information out of your former boss cuz people could literally get fired (like you did) for doing so.

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