Yesterday I had a conversation with a new friend and it brought up some things I thought I should share with y'all; it might help someone feel stronger, more loved, more in control, and supported. .
Both of my biological parents were drug addicts, and alcoholics, and were in and out of jail their whole lives. My mom did not stop these destructive habits while pregnant with me and my siblings, or when breastfeeding. I was in foster care as a baby but somehow my mom earned my back. My parents would take turns trying to steal us kids from each other so they could get food stamp money to trade. At one point we were living in an old abandoned house for months with no water, no electricity, and barely enough food to live. Once a month my mom would spend the money to take us to a hotel and get a nice bath. Our teeth were rotted and our skin was covered in rashes. .
Both my parents died younger than necessary because of the years of destruction on their bodies (even though they had quit most of the bad habits). They were not good parents, but they were good hearted happy people and we had sort of friendship when we were older.
I'm not mad at them for my having to mature faster than necessary to help take care of my siblings AND them, it made me a compassionate, healthy, and responsible person. I learned a lot from their mistakes. It made me want to become a strong and successful person. I want to be a mom and role model that proves that ANYTHING is possible, no matter your starting point. I want to help people see that WE ALL HAVE STRUGGLES, but we can overcome them with the right MINDSET and SUPPORT. And I am happy to be supportive of anyone that strives for better!! 💗💪🏻
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