Question by : I’ve faced so many challenges in life. Seriously, why am I not crazy from it all?
As far back as I can remember, there was always something going on in my life. Something that was life-changing. My mother left me for my grandparents to raise when I was only a year old, and prior to that, my dad left before I was even born. When I was 4 years old, 6 of my family members died within months of each other in less than a year. When I was 9 my mom came back for me and took me to raise with her new husband that molested me until I was 14. I married my high school sweetheart at the age of 18 and had my first child at the age of nineteen….oh and I forgot to mention the excessive drug and alcohol use I engaged in during all of my high school years. Honestly I don’t remember much about high school. Let’s see, where did I leave off…oh I then had my second child at the age of 21. At that point my mentally abusive and overly jealous husband started to gamble our savings away along with his weekly paycheck at the casino. So we were constantly broke. When my son turned 5 we found out that he had a form of muscular dystrophy and was told he would not live past his late teens or early twenties. my husband then became physically abusive to me because he couldn’t “handle life”…eh go figure….I finally left him after 13 years of marriage and made a life for myself….or tried to. Now in my present day, my grandparents health is failing, I fight with the school systems constantly for my sons right to be educated in a normal classroom enviorment. Just because he is in a wheelchair does not mean he has a mental disability. In the last two months I have reconnected with more people from my past that it’s almost scary, some have been welcomed and some I could have done without. And the best part of all this is that my mom, thats now 56 went from a making up for lost times mother and honestly a wonderful grandmother to my kids…to flipping her lid and marrying a man from Egypt that she met off the internet…oh and then there’s my long lost dad that skipped out before I was born…he called just last week after 35 years…he’s in rehab.
So after all this…why in the hell am I not a lunatic? I guess I should just be happy that I’ve made it thorugh so much and still keep on truckin’.
Answer by Gino’s mom
Yes it is a lot but I have had quite a life too. Believe me when I say:
What does not kill you makes you stronger.