MEDIUM: I haven’t seen her in years — but she’s in every photo.

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My mother would say she’s been in pain her whole life, and I believe her. Not just because it’s true, but because loving her meant taking on her pain as my own. I had never before considered the possibility I had a choice in the matter. For a long while, I tried to find ways to keep my mom in my life, but we would always end up in the same destructive place. When I finally made the decision to walk away from the relationship, I did it for the sake of my own mental health and emotional well-being. And it broke my heart, knowing I broke hers.

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