For the most part. I do. Yes, I have a very large family with large family chaos and we don’t always get along all the time, but for the most part… I do like my family.
Now that I’m lucid and getting better and seeing what they did for me when I was at my worst, I appreciate them even more now. Especially my parents, some of my aunts, uncles and cousins who have been supportive and cool, my brother who came back as a friend after he pulled himself together and of course, my ever present side kick sis.
I’ve just read a lot of family hate and a lot of… “OH, they don’t get it? tell them to suck it.”
I’m not talking about abusive parents here. The people on this forum who have survived despite very violent and horrid parents are stronger then I am. I bow to your inner strength.
But for the most part… some of the people who have parents who just don’t understand M.I. yet…
No cop, no nurse in a ward, no guy on a street, no friend in a bar is going to advocate for me like my family did. Or pick me up when I lost it, or make sure I’m being treated well when I’m in hospital, or make sure my meds were paid for.
It’s so easy to say … “parents… tell them to suck it…” but that’s a hard thing when they are the ones paying the bills for the meds and the roof over the head. I’d say find a way to reach that common ground and educate the family instead of eradicate the family.
Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only one who likes my family.