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Old February 21st, 2018, 11:17 AM
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Re: Mother Wasting Away

I have to second everything that KayKay wrote.

Your mother's behavior is not "normal" for a 48 year old woman going through menopause. She needs more medical and psychological support than a high school student can provide.

As her child, she is responsible for YOUR wellbeing. If she is not providing for you and relying on you to complete her responsibilities, then she is at least guilty of neglect. She is responsible for her own happiness; you have no power to do anything for her. But, the fact that you want to help her illustrates what a kind person you are. You are a good daughter who deserves better support.

You are maturing and learning to be independent will not damage her. Do not let your stepfather or your mother guilt you with that lie. She may have "been the worst" he's ever seen her when you left last time, but that's about her own wounds which she needs to heal. You didn't break her, and you can't fix her.

Definitely reach out to teachers, counselors, and your biological father. You need to be cared for, to have support in following your own path to college, continuing education, etc. The best thing you can to do honor your mother is to live an honorable life.
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