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@Rockpool, I wonder if there's an added issue for those of us caring for a family member, in that it's not a role we have chosen.
I grew up with a Mum who had (has?) a probable but undiagnosed MI. When I moved out of home I found out that it was possible to be in a relationship with someone without always having to guard your words and manage someone elses uncontrolled or barely controlled reactions and outbursts. Being put back into that role (plus a bit!) by our daughter's MI has been difficult and quite hearbreaking. So many of my own choices have had to be sidelined, ditto my husband's, and it hurts our other children too.
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