Working On Us Prompt: Family Relationships and Boundaries

This week’s Working On Us prompt is about relationships and boundaries. I am going to focus in my post on my relationship with my family of origin.

As regular readers know, I don’t have the best relationship with my parents. They are very unsupportive of me regarding my mental health and disabilities in general. They, in short, believe that I refuse to accept my blindness and for that reason, choose to make up my other disabilities, including mental illness, to have an excuse to be different. They say I somehow crave attention and therefore want to manipulate everyone into providing me care.

Well, let me be very clear that I do not choose to be mentally ill or autistic. In part, my mental health issues are in fact trauma-based, having been caused by my parents’ mistreatment of me.

For this reason, I’ve had to set some boundaries with my parents. None of these I voiced towards them yet. I, for example, have them, as well as my sister, on restricted access to my Facebook, which means they don’t get to see posts I set to friends only even though we are technically Facebook friends. My sister is generally less eager to voice her opinion, but she for all I know 100% agrees with my parents. My brother-in-law isn’t really any bad, but I have him on restricted access just in case. When I created this blog, I purposefully didn’t link it to my Facebook, so that my parents and sister are less likely to find it.

Another boundary is not having told my parents or sister that I’m going into long-term care. I am going to officially disclose my going into long-term care on the afternoon or evening of the day I move to the care facility. I have already had a dozen scenarios run through my mind of how they will respond. They may already know, of course, and never have told me in order to keep the peace. They probably don’t know though. In that case, they may decide to estrange themselves from me, or they may try to talk me out of being in long-term care. They may, in the best case scenario, say it’s my choice and my life.

As far as respecting my boundaries, I’ve never set truly firm boundaries with my parents. I may have to soon, in case they want to talk me out of being in long-term care. I may even have to go no contact with them myself.

In case you are wondering who supports me, I do have my lovely husband and his parents. My husband of course will be missing me when I go into long-term care, but he 100% supports me nonetheless.

5 thoughts on “Working On Us Prompt: Family Relationships and Boundaries

  1. Astrid, I don’t blame you in the least to take a stand and do what’s right for you. It’s a shame that the people who are supposed to love us unconditionally place the most judgment on us. I did the same thing with my FB page by disconnecting with relatives because it was all rumors, stabs in the back, etc… Then I just finally gave up and shut it down.
    Personally, I don’t care who reads my blog. This is the one thing that I will never let them say anything about. (Although, I have drawn boundaries in regards to that). If they’re not paying for it, guess what? They don’t have a say in regards to what I write about.
    It makes me very happy to hear about your supportive husband and his family. IT’s always good to have someone in your corner that loves you and will be there for you during this transition into long-term care.
    Thank you so very much, for sharing this obvious issue for years, about your family dynamic. Keep being strong, Astrid!!! 💚

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