My nephew and nieces have had an extraordinary journey being brought up by my sister who has severe chronic mental illness. They have thankfully also had regular contact with their father, though have spent more time with their Mum. They come across as healthy and resilient, but I know their lives have been extremely unusual. My sister is very socially isolated due to being very hostile and threatening in her manner. She has been escorted by police to hospital, has been the victim of violence etc. I have tried to keep in touch but can't tolerate her anymore. Her youngest daughter is now about 13 and has her father keeping an eye on her, so hopefully she will be ok.
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