Nothing to see here right?
My mum suffered from postpartum psychosis and other mental illnesses, and my dad was an alcoholic.
I struggle to be carefree, but I am more accepting.
Children of alcoholics and families will understand our story.
And his forever lasting words to me were “Reach for the moon Gem, you will always land amongst the stars. I will always be your Dad”.
I’d buy cards just to feel normal. ‘To Dad’ on the envelope.
I’d buy cards just to feel normal. “To Dad” on the envelope.
‘You don’t want to do anything, ever, to make them feel a certain way. Because that could spark a negative feeling.’
Sometimes I feel relief that she is gone, relief that the merry go round I was on has finally stopped and will never start again. Guilt is the main emotion that has accompanied this relief
To the world outside everything was fine, a normal middle class family.