I was drowning in sorrow. I was ready to give up on life, literally. Then I found this website. There are people here who really helped me with role playing answers and positive encouragement. It was scary for me, but I put them into play and things worked out for me. My mom's reactions were both what I expected and what I did not, but for the most part I took the initiative to control my life. It's easier to do that once one realizes he or she is not alone. On this forum I have found so many similar situations, some that mirror my life almost to a tee.
I am fortunate that I found this site, and I plan to come here regularly to learn more. This is not just to benefit myself, but also help to influence my mom to have a happier life. If she does not want to do this, I also know it is not my fault. I am a person who has clinical depression and anxiety. My life was truly hanging in the balance before coming here. Now with the support of this site, I can feel confident that I have a place to turn to that is nonjudgmental and encouraging. Thank you for everyone who encouraged me. I truly appreciate you.