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I 've Come To Realize That Blood Doesn't Make A Family

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    I have a little sister.

    She isn't my blood but she is as much of my sister as my sister. She is my family. Always and forever.
    ChangingFaces5 ChangingFaces5 26-30 1 Response Jan 4

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    Look at Lydia. We're not related,

    yet I treat her like my sister. ~ Lys ♪
    AssylaAidyl AssylaAidyl 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    Me and two of my siblings were adapted,

    so my parents had three kids and adopted three I was taught from an early age that blood doesn't make a family love does
    PanamanianPenguin PanamanianPenguin 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Friends are the family you choose

    for yourself, the ones that stick by you time after time, they don't care if you stuffed up today, tomorrow or last week they're there anyway. They will be there regardless. A shoulder to cry on, a familiar face that greets you warmly, a better place to be.
    Littlemisssomebody Littlemisssomebody 31-35, F 4 Responses Jan 7

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    Blood isn't always thicker then water.

    There are those families where it's "to each your own" mine is like that. The quickest route to hang someone out to dry they would do that. All the old ones are gone. The ones that taught my family what it is like to love and be there for each other. They died and now it is my...
    favestril favestril 41-45, F 1 Response 16 hrs ago

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    So this back story might take a while.

    My Mom has had to deal with abuse from her parents and siblings for her whole life. Mostly from her older brother. However, her parents have always taken the brother's side. In turn, she has been outcast from her family, went through a period of severe depression, and went to...
    Ariomelody42 Ariomelody42 16-17, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    Family isn't always blood.

    It's the people in your life who want you in theirs, the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and will love you no matter what and you feel like you are my family you no who you are xx
    Sirwithherkey Sirwithherkey 36-40, M 1 Response Nov 13, 2014

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    to me ive come to realize.

    friends can be more like family than actually family its ****** up but true i can count on then more than family anyone. else
    jameswertman12 jameswertman12 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 3

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    DangBobby DangBobby 18-21, M Mar 20

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    I'm not really sure what a family is supposed

    to be like. For me it's weird to say I love you and all that. I was raised to be able to handle hurtful words and I never really had words of encouragement or heard words of love growing up. It's weird for someone to tell me they love me or say words of affection to me. Ive...
    dashuria dashuria 16-17, F 6 Responses Oct 8, 2014

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    I think because I lost my parents

    and I don't have any brothers or sisters I see my friends as my family
    mirajane123 mirajane123 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 4

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    I feel like my 3 best friends are more like

    family to me than my actual blood related family. When my friends found out I had a girlfriend, they loved and supported me. But when my "family" found out, they almost threw me out on the street.
    originalitydied originalitydied 13-15, F 7 Responses Dec 14, 2014

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    Seblett Seblett 13-15, F Aug 27, 2014

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    I believe that blood is not always thinker

    than water. How do you feel?
    royalkonz royalkonz 22-25, M 6 Responses Nov 9, 2014

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    Actually I've always realised that.

    Here is something I recently posted on another group here. I've not spoken to my father for many years. The last time he tried to speak to me was a few years back. I was working in a supermarket at the time and he saw me in the chilled department, then tried to be all pal-like...
    Romanadvoratrelundar Romanadvoratrelundar 22-25, M 14 mins ago

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    My family treats me like dirt under their shoes.

    They think I'm an unwanted child, since I was an accident, and they already had my brother. When I was 12 years old, I met someone named Ilona, she became my best friend and changed my life. She was like a sister I never had, and I soon realized, she was the only person I loved...
    lunablue13 lunablue13 16-17, F 5 Responses Oct 20, 2014

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    Tonight my father came over to my house to

    convince me to leave my girlfriend. He doesn't approve of our relationship. He offered me money (again) to end the relationship because he believes I'm only with her for money. The first time he said this I was very angry. I told him that it was disgusting and that I didn't want...
    Sapphire89 Sapphire89 22-25 19 Responses Nov 12, 2014

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    undeniablyMe undeniablyMe 22-25, F 8 Responses Jan 4

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    I've had to work against my family my whole

    life. They always set me back and were about as supportive as a training bra. Moving out of my parent's house was the best decision I could have made. The extra separation allowed me to grow unhindered. I worked hard to be where I am today and none of the credit can go to anyone...
    Sapphire89 Sapphire89 22-25 6 Responses May 2, 2014

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    And I'm far from it. I will tell you everything

    sincerely and straight up. But, here in Ecuador, I've realized that blood never really makes the family although it can be a huge factor. I have made a family in New York. We all belonged to eachother. We all were there for eachother. And we all loved eachother freely and...
    ConLocura ConLocura 18-21, F Mar 25

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    Memories that simply will not go away.

    There are days when my mind is still full of sad memories,I have moved on in many ways but those memories remain and still haunt me. I was told by my older sister that my father made my mother pregnant to keep her home,stop her gallivanting.After my birth, my mother resumed her...
    berangere berangere 66-70, F 8 Responses May 23, 2014

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    Please don't get me wrong .

    .. I love my family! But I have several "sisters from another mister" who I rely on just as much as--if not more than--I do my actual blood relations. Friends are folks who know you better than you know yourself, who know and keep your secrets (including the ones you're keeping...
    leftnwrite08 leftnwrite08 26-30, F Jan 30

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    I've had several families on the streets

    growing up and I've always been closer to them than my blood family. I don't really know who they are. My street family is stronger than bond by blood. I don't if I want to go back and learn who they are more or keep moving. Haven't decided yet.
    PartyGuy21 PartyGuy21 18-21, M Mar 2

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    I had realized that my mother is toxic.

    She's always sending bad vibes. Negativity. She uses me but she doesn't like to spend time with me. It used to be painful, but I am okay with it now. I just want to cut her off from my life completely. I have done that for three months, and I finally felt free. But I have...
    CantatriceChauve CantatriceChauve 31-35, F 1 Response 32 mins ago

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    My family has always ignored me

    and ostracized me and treated me differently than they treat each other. I've never been one of them. It has become worse now that I'm an adult and they have pretty much rejected me and treat me like I'm worthless. They have shown that they truly don't care. Thankfully I have...
    UnwantedPup UnwantedPup 31-35, T 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Well , family isn't made by blood bond ,

    it's made from a strong loyalty a pledge to protect each other and help one another . Tho I've experienced some families are just made up by lies and deception , to me my blood bond is nothing , my family is made by me , the few people I let close are the ones I call family and...
    icelus icelus 18-21, M Apr 15, 2014

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    I have come to realize

    that blood does not make a family. I have blood family members who treat people on the side of the road better than they do myself, and than, I have friends/"Chosen family" that I have never met face-to-face who are more like a family to me. I am the type of person who will do...
    NYSlilAngel NYSlilAngel 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 8, 2014

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    I am the youngest of five

    and I haven't seen my siblings or my "mother's" side of the family in a decade. Initially it was their choice not to see me--I was fifteen and decided to move in with my father and step-mother. After I got my license to drive, I drove all the way out there to see my quadriplegic...
    seelensauger seelensauger 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    I found out when I was 8

    that my dad wasn't my really dad. I'll always call him dad but he isn't my blood. He brought me up from being 3 months in my moms tummy and hasn't ever left my side. My real dad left me as soon as he found out about the pregnancy. My dad (stepdad) will be the only father I...
    jessicanorth jessicanorth 16-17, F 5 Responses Jun 9, 2014

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    A few years ago, my brother acquired this very

    odd friend, Erik. He was sheepish, and quite frankly, abnormal. Yet, he was so sweet and well mannered. They were buds for a while, and finally he started coming over to the house often, staying for the weekends. When we would take him back home on Sunday night, he would make...
    loveVSlust loveVSlust 22-25, F 6 Responses Dec 22, 2013

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    And my blood-bound relatives are not family to

    me at all. Most of my life, my mom shut me out and pretended like I was nothing but a piece of useless garbage. She would even say things along that line sometimes. My step-dad is occasionally physically abusive and both my mom and step-dad are emotionally abusive. I feel lonely...
    SamanthaJC SamanthaJC 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    A letter to my father.

    My dear father, You have been gone a long time now,but I know that you will read that letter,you are reading as I am writing.I wish that I had had the knowledge and confidence to write that letter when you were still alive,but knowledge,confidence and wisdom often appear late...
    berangere berangere 66-70, F 9 Responses Dec 10, 2014

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    I've come to realize

    that blood doesn't make a family. BUT it makes a really great smoothie!
    zmedleff1 zmedleff1 41-45 3 Responses Jan 4

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    Family isn't always blood.

    It's the people in your life who want you in theirs, the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what. Box you are part of my family me and the girls love you xx
    Sirwithherkey Sirwithherkey 36-40, M 1 Response Feb 2

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    Blood isn't family but true friends are :) those

    who understand you, the hurt, the pain, the days when you want it to all end, yet they are still there with a hug and loving word :)
    krystalkool84 krystalkool84 31-35, F Feb 18

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    When I am at school, I don't say I am with my

    friends. I say I am with my family. We are not related by blood, but we are by heart, because we are there for each other no matter what.
    Naty73 Naty73 13-15, M 1 Response Mar 21

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    Hello! I have definitely found this out!

    You know a family is suppose to be a special thing. These are suppose to be people who come on this earth naturally equipped to be there for you. They are all suppose to be your first loves. The ones who you learn how to love other people in the world from. People who are...
    glassfire100 glassfire100 31-35, F 4 Responses Jul 19, 2014

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    If it did, I would be able to talk to my mom

    and dad. I would be able to make friends in the world. I would not live in fear. In a real family, parents don't have favorites. In a real family, everyone cares for each other. If I had a real family, I would not have been able to leave for 2 days and come back without anyone...
    LostandHopless123 LostandHopless123 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 12

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    I've always had a sneaking suspicion

    that blood doesn't necessarily make family. Both my parents came from big families - eight brothers and sisters each.  Judging by the way my mother and father were treated by their own siblings during their lives - and the fact that, when my father died, none of his brothers...
    womaninbliss womaninbliss 51-55, F 5 Responses Dec 13, 2013

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    Family is where your heart belongs.

    My parents were awful when I grew up. I found someone I could trust and call "mom" and for the first time I felt understood and accepted even though we aren't related. It's important what you feel and not what's written in your birth certificate.
    SnowInSummer SnowInSummer 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 30

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    Very true I see it in my bfs family his baby

    brother was adopted at 10 months after his parents died in a car crash. He is treated no different than rest the kids I have to admit he's our pet.
    sassygirl15 sassygirl15 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 21

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    I was adopted by a family

    when I was 3 and honestly, I've had little to no desire to find my birth mother or father. It was an open adoption, and in all my years they've not made any attempts to contact me. My adoptive family is white, and unfortunately I know that they've faced tribulations, but they...
    AllyKatz03 AllyKatz03 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 16

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    Sometimes family can be worst

    than your friends. the greed, selfishness, lies its horrible. My family, I love them but the rumors that goes around and them being two-face really breaks my heart. I'm big on family but some days I can't look members in the face without a glare. They do things behind your back...
    latrice2173 latrice2173 22-25, F Feb 3

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    I used to be reallh close to my aunt,

    I wished she was my mom, she was so nice and cool! And then my parents stopped visiting her... I didn't see her for 5 years and she NEVER ask about me, like she doesnt care. I feel hurt, angry but I miss her. I'm going to see her next weekend.. it's going to be so weirddd I...
    coco3700 coco3700 16-17, F 3 Responses Jan 5

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    Experienced this yesterday at Thanksgiving.

    ..new friends who are old souls. A safety there when you mention a piece of your past ten years ago and it's like they were right there with you.
    MrHeartaFire MrHeartaFire 41-45, M 3 Responses Oct 13, 2014

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    So true on so many levels!

    To me family is a word thrown around to allow u to b screwed over. At least in my world.
    aries1214 aries1214 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 11, 2014

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