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I Have An Extended Family

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    Everybody's Home! - I haven't ever thought of myself as particularly maternal, but my life experience says otherwise, I guess.  I had to look after my younger brothers. ...
    NANSELTAR NANSELTAR 61-65, F May 11, 2008

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    Everybody's Home! - I haven't ever thought of myself as particularly maternal, but my life experience says otherwise, I guess.  I had to look after my younger brothers. ...
    NANSELTAR NANSELTAR 61-65, F 2 Responses May 11, 2008

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    In Nigeria - I have a lot of family members that live in Nigeria on both my mom's and dad's side, and when ever we visit them, my grandma, uncles, aunts, and cousins will be living...
    Elijahx Elijahx 18-21, M Apr 5, 2013

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    Before I was born, my parents distanced themselves from my extended family. When I was really young, my mother divorced my father. Growing up, I moved from city to city. I never...
    normanperkins normanperkins 31-35, M 2 Responses Mar 24

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    Not in the physical world- I was raised to believe that the family I thought was my family was mine. I later found out that I was taken and they were not my real family I belonged...
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    As I've written here, I hate my biological family. I do have a family of 5 close friends, all younger than I am. Our little group gathers on Saturday nights to play fantasy role...
    katmaninva katmaninva 56-60 5 days ago

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    Ever since I was little. My father abused me badly and so did all my mom's boyfriends after him. I got my idea of what a man is to his family from my Sunday school teacher (may he...
    dacraww dacraww 22-25, M Mar 19

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    Over the years, I have had a family bed. My husband is in the military and on constant maneuvers away from home so I would let my kids sleep with me when they were young and I...
    femaleoncruiseship femaleoncruiseship 46-50, F 4 Responses Apr 6

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    Most of my family members are alcoholics and/or addicts. I haven't seen most of them for over 20 years and basically have no contact with them ever except an occasional...
    blessedmess blessedmess 41-45, F Mar 27

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    Hello, I don't really know where else to turn at this point and I came across this website so here I am. I'm 24 years old and my sibling who is 29 has paranoid schizophrenia. She...
    shannankylei shannankylei 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    My grandmother is schizophrenic. I lived with her when I was young. She was afraid of me when she went into her episodes and she thought there was a demon living inside me. I spent...
    BriannaElise BriannaElise 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 26

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    Well I have veterans in my family. Always proud to be a Navy Niece, an grand-daughter of a Solider , a cousin to a female Solider! Also proud to be a friend of a Marine, and a...
    16countrygirl 16countrygirl 16-17, F Apr 5

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    They aren't blood, but I love them enough to call them family. They're my two best friends and I'm so scared they'll pull the trigger, cut to deep, slip into the noose, or OD...
    left4deadspace left4deadspace 16-17, M Apr 6

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    OK... so I really don't know what is wrong with me. I get these urges to have my own babies and it completely consumes my thoughts. I spend so much time just thinking about it...
    ballen0420 ballen0420 36-40, M Mar 28

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    So now is the time when I have to start looking at colleges and figuring out my life. In the past, there were things that I wanted to do or had a passion for and they just crushed...
    tamingthefox tamingthefox 16-17, F Apr 2

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    Oh boy I could right a whole book about my experience... But to keep it simple I have a schizophrenic mother. For the past couple of years her condition has only gotten worse...
    Jc0322 Jc0322 22-25, M Apr 4

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    Lately I have been longing to be a father, its a weird feeling. I think that's why I love having my nephews and neighbor kids around. It hit me really hard at the youth fine arts...
    dmsummerwind dmsummerwind 36-40, M Apr 6

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    Last night my dad made a suicide attempt, and after begging to be killed he was sedated by a doctor. He's been battling depression for years and recently had a psychotic episode...
    marksman2504 marksman2504 18-21, M 6 days ago

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    My mom tried to kill herself with a knife at her throat when I was 8. She also almost drove to the beach while drunk just to drown herself. She told me she would shoot me in the...
    speaksoftandcarrybigstick speaksoftandcarrybigstick 16-17, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    My dad got bowl cancer 😩 don't know how to react, I just went into defense mode went out the yard and linked my mates.. Just blazed one zoot.. And tried to forget about what I...
    Sukhii Sukhii 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 30

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    and the voices they hear drive me insane!!!!!!!!!!!!
    theghostdog theghostdog 31-35 2 Responses Apr 4

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    I grew up the youngest in a family of all boys. My family was very religious but secretly abusive. My parents divorced at 12 and I was given to my mother due to me being abused by...
    spiffyjodzilla spiffyjodzilla 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 26

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    the day before yesterday, my step uncle passed away. and I never know anything about it till my sister told me as she was told by my other step uncle. by that time we were at home...
    rsddhj rsddhj 13-15, F Apr 2

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    I have a huge, caring, supportive extended family! I have eight siblings, seven in-laws, and one ex-in-law that is still close to the family (and to my sister). At last count I...
    usedchild usedchild 56-60, M 6 days ago

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    I have a house that I assume I've created in my head - I've never been to a house like it, and the layout is sort of random and not very well planned. There are two floors, the...
    gigabyteremix gigabyteremix 22-25 Apr 2

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    I swear I can't take it anymore! I can't take going into school and walking through the halls while getting strange looks from people. If I look down they say I look depressed but...
    kelseytoby kelseytoby 16-17 1 Response Apr 10

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    ​Do you exhibit signs of Meerkat-itis? Check off the symptoms: 1) You tend to have one or two close family members, not that you don't love the rest, but you are especially...
    Jujalee Jujalee 70+ 1 Response Mar 31

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    My problem isn't drinking every day. My problem really is that I have a hard time not getting completely hammered recently when I drink. I just don't even think of it and I keep...
    kjmbk kjmbk 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 4

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    I have a little puppy called Wendy. She's my daughter. And since I literally do not have any family anymore, I love her so much and consider her my only family. And when I'm...
    LilithAbney LilithAbney 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    I am just home from a family gathering. I AM MORTIFIED that I may have infected family and friends . I wasn't diagnosed until I returned home. I thought I had bed bugs. My doctor...
    scabbiesBgonenow scabbiesBgonenow 51-55 Apr 10

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    Children's Aid Society had torn my life apart twice now. The first time I was too young to realize what they did. 18 years old now and watching them repeat what they did 11 years...
    Jaimedee Jaimedee 18-21, F a week ago

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    I was abused and molested by my father for 8 years. My mother never realized it because she was so stuck on her failing marriage. At school I was bullied. Made to be a freak...
    dacraww dacraww 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 23

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    My great great aunt used to boil sausages in an electric kettle. My great great uncle used to fly over from Australia to nail dead herrings to the gates of my grandmothers house...
    projectgwyn101 projectgwyn101 16-17, M 2 Responses Apr 5

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    I don't have a family. There's nothing more than blood that links me to the people that I'm unfortunate enough to live with. These people are petty, they are racist, small minded...
    TheSchemingPuppeteer TheSchemingPuppeteer 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 6

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    I was the first person on both sides of my family to go to college. When I graduated from high school, I did not want to go to college right away. I wanted to take a year or two...
    saileen saileen 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    I have chronic pain problems, and people treat me like dirt because they assume that I am have mental issues, not realizing how stressful it is to feel this way all the time. I...
    stphnmclrn46 stphnmclrn46 22-25 Mar 29

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    recently I had another mental breakdown while I was sick causing my mother to offer to take off work for 2 months. our relationship seemed to be getting better for about 2 weeks...
    thelostgirl25 thelostgirl25 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    My daughter is the most precious thing in the world to me. She is my motivation in life. As a single mother I always worry about her future as I only want to provide the best. I...
    catnisswil catnisswil 26-30, F Mar 23

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    Im about to get diverse but I don't want to stay alone. I have no family here and even though there's barely any love left i hate this feeling. I told her to move out, but every...
    Andre77 Andre77 22-25, M Mar 26

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    Hello, I am thirty five years old, and I have a huge issue. I happen to be attracted to young guys. Now, I don't mean like little twelve year olds...but like fifteen and up. It's...
    OldWoman9 OldWoman9 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    I love so many things and am lucky enough to say that I'm passionate about them. I just wish I could do all of them. I love playing my trumpet (and am very good at it) and would...
    emily39 emily39 18-21, F Mar 30

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    I fell in love over 20 years ago and never let go. We loved one another but the timing was off, again and again. After years of heartache, I trusted my head over my heart and...
    blueskies100 blueskies100 36-40 Apr 2

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    This is something I think about every now and then. I have PCOS which doesn't make it impossible to have children but in some women it can cause infertility. So I have adjusted to...
    hayleyRebeccaE hayleyRebeccaE 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I'm making a list of "Things I’m proud of about myself." Thus far, there is only one item on the list (the inspiration for the list in itself). It may not seem like much to you...
    shannonymous shannonymous 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I'm not in anyway socially, financially, or mentally deprived. I live with an average family. Thinking I have nothing to complain because some were even less fortunate than me...
    DreamerCost DreamerCost 16-17, M 7 hrs ago

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    My family are truly amazing, they're off their heads! I also love that I have some people I call family that aren't even related to me :)
    KT98 KT98 13-15, F 8 hrs ago

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    I feel like my first relative when he comes round he's more apart of my family then I am....I feel so left out and hurt that I sit on my own most of the time...I don't even feel...
    pardz pardz 22-25, M 2 Responses 2 hrs ago

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    Everyone is against me, its all my fault. Some how an innocent little girl ruined a family. Give me a break!! Cant wait to get away once I'm old enough, or once someone takes me...
    Laceyss Laceyss 16-17, F 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    After moving over 2000 miles away from my family, I still can't escape the drama. At what point will I learn it's ok not to have ties with them?
    tuvu02 tuvu02 41-45, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I read an article a while ago and I just am amazed at how smart crows are and how family-oriented they are. The comments people knowledgeable of crows and who have crows left very...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    I hate my family asking me any type of questions about my day or life. I hate the hassle that comes along with out. The few friends I once had stopped associating with me after I...
    kenrin kenrin 26-30, M 1 Response