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I Am Estranged From My Family

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    Just An Introduction

    Hello all, I am estranged from my family (by choice) and have been for a few years now. I am not going to tell my story just yet as I just found this site. I wanted to introduce myself, however. I was looking for information on bereavement and estrangement and came across this...
    RedMaryJane82 RedMaryJane82 31-35 2 Responses Jul 29, 2013

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    If You Are Estranged From Your Family Then Please Visit Stand Alone

    Hey Folks, Stand Alone is the only international charity to support adults that are estranged from their family. We're going now, and running meet-up groups in London on the run up to Christmas. We'd really like to hear from as many estranged people as possible so we can plan...
    beccabland beccabland 26-30 Sep 26, 2013

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    I'm Estranged From My Own Sister

    I'm one of three sisters, our parents are dead. We had a brother who committed suicide in December 2012. I'm friendly with the youngest sister, I'm the oldest. Middle sister was always the "black sheep" of the family, dropped out of college, married young. I graduated college...
    Fluffernut Fluffernut 61-65, F Aug 18, 2013

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    My family is small. It was always just my

    mom's parents, my mom, my aunt and uncle, my siblings, and myself. My grandparents raised my brother and I (my sister didn't enter the picture until a decade later). My mom was always in the house with us but she was never really there... too busy off partying with random dudes...
    niceusername niceusername 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 22, 2014

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    Christmas And My Dysfunctional Family

    After each holiday (and funerals as well) being ruined with endless conflict between my family members, I have chosen to walk away from my completely dysfunctional family of origin. Why is it that no matter how old I get. I feel somehow responsible for my dysfunctional family...
    amithecrazyone amithecrazyone 46-50, F 5 Responses Dec 25, 2012

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    Amazing Story Of Reconciliation And Forgiveness

    My mother, Clarice, was shot in the head and killed more than three decades ago. On June 25, 2011 – the 33rd anniversary of her death – I traveled from my home in Aston back to Chicago to visit her gravesite. The visit to her final resting place is one I make every time I...
    Reconnections Reconnections 36-40 Jul 18, 2011

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    I'm writing as Stand Alone,

    the only worldwide charity to support adults that are estranged, has started to carry out some preliminary research into family estrangement. We'd like to invite you people at Experience Project, in this group, to take part. There's currently a real absence of studies in this...
    beccabland beccabland 26-30 Feb 8, 2014

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    20 years old, have had a rough relationship

    with my parents since I was around 12. They are very verbally/emotionally abusive with a splash of physical abuse thrown in from time to time. Since I was young they have used their parental privileges and twisted religious beliefs to manipulate me and make me feel bad about...
    HEY300 HEY300 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 1, 2014

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    I Really Didn’t See It Coming!

     I am the youngest of four children. I shared a room with my two sisters throughout my childhood. They were 4 and 6 years older than me. My dad used to brag about how well we got along. We never fought. Ever. They were just enough older than me that we didn’t share the...
    whenfamilyfails whenfamilyfails 61-65 5 Responses Aug 24, 2009

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    I have been estranged from my family

    for almost 4 months. I have decided to leave my hometown for good. I am going to Shreveport, Louisiana in November. I have no family or friends there, and I will be hopping a bus. I have been waking up with a heaviness in my chest. and my mood has been really low. I feel like I...
    TeuhAmunet TeuhAmunet 22-25, F Aug 16

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    I Fear I'm Becoming Estranged From My Father

    About 4 or 5 years ago, my parents split. At first, it didn't bother me i was 16 or so. Sooner or later it got to me :( I'm now 21, heading to University in a few months time. I have been living on my own, up until then I lived with my mother. I saw my father about once every 2...
    slackit slackit 18-21 2 Responses Jul 28, 2011

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    Estranged From My Entire Family

    This past year I have been into numerous arguements with my family members. First thing is my three year old threw something at my 24 year old brothers face. He is a kid mind you... My brother got upset with this and spanked my kid. So my husbad confronted him about it and the...
    ikeandlasmom ikeandlasmom 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 13, 2010

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    I grew up with a fairly average family,

    and I was an only child. My parents married young and often fought when I was growing up, half my childhood was spent hearing my mother cry and my dad throwing things and hitting the walls with his fist. They divorced when I was 8 years old, and it was just me and my mom. She...
    kclark5948 kclark5948 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 14

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    Blood Ties Are Thin...

    I am the only surviving child of my mother. My two sisters died at birth in 1981 and 1987 respectively. Their father adopted me when I was three, so I call him "Dad".Mum and Dad moved to a semi-rural town two states away in 2001 and I can't afford to see them often.My birth...
    TheWomanWhoDid TheWomanWhoDid 36-40 Jan 1, 2013

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    I would like to live a life estranged from my

    family. My father was abusive both physically and emotionally. The pain he has caused me throughout my 22 years is at times unbearable to think about. His rejection and neglect, paired with the unswerving adoration and support of my younger sister, still upsets and saddens me...
    Liz3125 Liz3125 22-25, F Jul 13, 2014

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    The Thought Of It Sickens Me

    Literally.  Bird advised me that she wanted to go to an area in which my sister works directly across the street.  She just kept pushing the issue.  She pushed so hard - that i threw up.  I wasn't sick or anything.  Just the thought of laying eyes upon...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 17, 2009

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    Hello! New Here And So Glad I Found You All!

    Hello other estranged from your family peeps! I just wanted to say hello, &  introduce myself real quick. I too have been estranged from my overly dysfunctional family. It's a LONG story (aren't they all?), so I'm going to piece it together in my head before I post it here. I...
    BlackSheepMama BlackSheepMama 41-45, F 3 Responses Feb 2, 2011

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    Today it is hard. My birthday is coming up

    and I am driving to my hometown to visit an old friend. I am hoping I don't run into my parents ugh. I have been ignoring them since they refuse to protect me from my brother who struck me and collects assault weapons. They are also exceedingly manipulative/ controlling and...
    val72 val72 26-30, F May 18, 2014

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    Estranged From Family and Friends

    I find myself more estranged as I grow older and as I approach 38 years things seem to be gathering steam. I have a Sister I now do not speak to and a father that I just can't get on with. I think the world of my Mum and despair at the life she has had with my father. He has...
    linwood81 linwood81 36-40, M 2 Responses Sep 18, 2009

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    Happy Birthday Grandma

    So, i call up GrandMa today.  Tried calling her yesterday, but something was wrong with her phone line - she needed a new phone. Why is GrandMa mad with me...?...  Now, i am the favourite grand-baby and all.  That's a known fact. lol.  She calls me her...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 18, 2009

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    What Now?

    So, now that I have told my story, the questions I ask are: How do I find others that share my experience? How can one build a network of people to take the place of family? And, most importantly for now, how do we, refugees of dysfunctional families, tell others who might ask...
    Sdaedalus Sdaedalus 41-45, M 2 Responses Apr 6, 2013

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    Have No Family Connection

    I was abused much if not all of my childhood. Physically, you name it. My mother was a monster, my father was abusive as well, but not quite as physically most of the time. Although, I think he was sexually abusing my younger sister. Both my sisters are basket cases. I have no...
    bretthart480 bretthart480 41-45 3 Responses Feb 13, 2013

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    My Story, In Brief. Sound Familiar.

    I'm the youngest of 8 children. All my siblings either emotionally terrorised me, or ignored me. I still crave their approval. I am estranged from most of them and would like to cut off completely. I have no interest in them as a sister should. I have a life away from them and...
    Margie1968 Margie1968 41-45 1 Response Jul 31, 2009

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    Waking Up To A Dysfuncional Family

    Its all about the controlling abusive relationship with an older sister and mother that you dont realise until your grown up and they carry on treating you without respect. My story is my sister used to hit me all the time and take all my nice new clothes and stuff if she liked...
    sara011178 sara011178 31-35 1 Response Sep 24, 2012

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    I have begun estranging myself from my parents.

    They are very manipulative and controlling/religious. I have let them control me for 27 years and now I am through. I have severed all contact with them and will continue to do so. Perhaps in a couple years I will see if they have learned, but I will not have a relationship with...
    val72 val72 26-30, F 4 Responses Apr 20, 2014

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    Stange Family, Welcome To The Club.

    My name is Bill. My father is a loooooooser. My mom was a great women, and gave me alot confidence about myself. Yet my father was and still is a looooooser. My brother followed in his footsteps. Nancy, she was my first sexual girl friend when I was just 15, and she was 23...
    greekitalian greekitalian 26-30 Oct 7, 2012

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    Where I Come From.

    I was raised in humboldt county. NOT the hippie liberal side, but the redneck conservative, homeschool side. I had my first boyfriend at 19 and in that community everyone married the first person they dated. I wasn't allowed to date. I had to be courted. I saw him only at school...
    Dollbaby03 Dollbaby03 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 1, 2013

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    The Apostate Daughter

    My story isn't nearly as awful as some of the others I've read here. I wasn't abused and my family hasn't done anything horrible to me. But sometimes trauma can come from an excessive amount of love, too. My family is very religious. My father is a pentecostal minister. I...
    0rph1a 0rph1a 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 26, 2013

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    What I Come From

    I was raised in humboldt county. NOT the hippie liberal side, but the redneck conservative, homeschool side. I had my first boyfriend at 19 and in that community everyone married the first person they dated. I wasn't allowed to date. I had to be courted. I saw him only at school...
    Dollbaby02 Dollbaby02 26-30 1 Response Jul 30, 2013

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    Shocked?, Was I...

    Pretty much so.  I received call after call this morning from perspective employers.  After i catch my breath and begin to put on the rest of my suit for one my interview, the phone rings and i answer without looking at the caller ID.  lol.  My sister...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 25, 2009

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    I consider myself to be an only child

    now . It may sound harsh but why should I like someone just because we're related ?
    certifiable certifiable 70+, F 1 Response Nov 29, 2014

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    I am estranged from my entire family.

    I grew up in an abusive home and watched my older siblings move away and sever ties when they went to college. When I graduated I always returned home for holidays. I always tried to be there for my mom and my younger brother with autism after my father left. For years she...
    Aly00cat Aly00cat 26-30, F Jun 23, 2014

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    How I Got Here

    How I came to this place is long and complicated. I was born into a reform Jewish family that, while seemingly happy, harbors a great deal of dysfunction, anger, and resentment. My childhood was outwardly happy but as I became older my lack of social skills--borne from a mother...
    Sdaedalus Sdaedalus 41-45, M 2 Responses Apr 6, 2013

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    Dysfunctional

    WARNING! LOOOOOOOOOONG STORY. Ok, everyone's family is dysfunctional to an extent. We all have our weird quirks that make us a little "abnormal" in our opinions. No one is perfect, and I have yet to meet anyone who says they grew up in the perfect family. People...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 4 Responses Oct 29, 2009

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    I Am Estranged From My Family Because I Wanted To Move Out...

    I don't know I might be a bad person, I came back from UK three years ago and I lived with my parents. I did not like it for most parts because my dad always insisted that I should have been working to help my brothers, For some days he would be the nicest person giving words of...
    AnnTon AnnTon 26-30, F Dec 10, 2011

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    Letting Go, At A Deeper Level, In Order To Move On.

    After writing my "story" yesterday afternoon, I had a breakthrough during the night (processing at a deeper level). A paradigm shift. What I realised was that I had "let go" of my sisters and other family of origin members (who were not treating me appropriately - all my life...
    lorraine48 lorraine48 61-65 2 Responses Jun 22, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    I don't even know where to start... But, I've been abandoned since the day I was born... My mom was on heroin (& methadone) when she was pregnant w me. When she gave birth to me...
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    Anyone from the South east UK looking for wolves to recruit
    lupuslupus87 lupuslupus87 22-25, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    My mother-in-law is meddling with me and my husband's issues. She will knock on our door (her house beside us, TOO BAD!), then intrude in the middle of our fight. She will side her...
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    I'm very tired of my family. My mom and dad had an affair, and so here I am. They were never married. My mom raised me, but my dad never failed to support me. I'm even closer to...
    beautifulmistake17 beautifulmistake17 16-17, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    Sometimes i just want to tell some of my family members to take a long walk off a short pier.
    footballgal56 footballgal56 22-25, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    So let me just let this out. For starters my whole family has been decided for some time now. It was never liked this before, we were actually very close, going to church every...
    mawwi00 mawwi00 22-25, F 6 hrs ago

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    I am the youngest in our small family of 4. The oldest memory that I have is my mom and my drunk dad fighting. My dad has been a drunkard all through his life. He never really...
    caughtinthemiddle1 caughtinthemiddle1 22-25, F 1 day ago

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    My father and mother divorced, my mom moved away with her new husband and they have a new kid. I have no one in a new country, I have no family, no one. I have no friends and I...
    goodbyemylastsummer goodbyemylastsummer 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I just came back from a dinner with my boyfriends family and friends and felt sad coming back. The thoughts I had was I envied my boyfriend for having family stability and wished...
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