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My family has always made me the scapegoat since I was a young child. I had no support, encouragement or love from my mother. She convinced and encouraged family to ostracize me.
When I got married my husband abused me constantly and also seriously assassinated my character. I have been away in a new state for 25 years away from him and family. Problem: Now my adult children are treating me the same way the family did, lies and ostracized. I have no one now, and I have a hard time trusting. What do I do???? People like me and want to be friends but I don't know how to let my guard down.

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I do that writing down in a journal and talk at length w therapist about what I am good at. Gratefulness and all.

When I slow down and speak carefully and simply to my mom, she gets mad and starts yelling at me for making sense.

Exercise in futility. Only way out is to leave.

I forgive all the time and yet it doesnt get easier to live as an abused caretaker.
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I was always mistreated my one of my sisters all my life. It wasn't till I became responsible for my Mom's care that my other siblings admitted to me that they always noticed how she treated me. She started to ease off a bit and we actually went out to lunch a couple of times after my Mom died and I was all prepared to think she had changed until another sister accompanied us to lunch and there she was, at it again. Belittling me, trying to make me feel small, taking credit for things that I did, not her.

I know God expects us to forgive and I suppose I have but it doesn't mean I have to hang out with her. That I'm not prepared to do.
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This is Jeopardy? And The Answer Is: Who Is Known As Phoenix!
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5 Things:
Shares really good recipes with others, writes them out.
Writes and shares poems and has a very funny attitude about life.
Keeps her home shiny clean and safe.
Perseveres under the most difficult caregiving circumstances.
Teaches others in many areas of life, including job skills.

Has anyone actually listed 5 things?
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Phoenixdaughter offered a good tip, so you can teach yourself: She says:
I have a tip for all of us that are feeling emotional ...at whatever time it is we feel emotional and about how to improve the way we feel about ourselves Let me predicate this with if you don't feel good about yourself how can you live the life you truly are worthy of?
Now I am also going to say it aint an easy task...trust me I struggle with it every day.
For a whole week write down on a post it note and stick on your fridge 5 things that you were good at today. Day one I managed one thing but was determined that by the end of the week I would be able to do 5 things well. Oh and they cannot be the same five things so different things every day and you have to be able to do a whole week with 5 every day.
Well it was a nightmare but eventually I got there and now I have 35 things (plus a few others I gained en route) that I know I do well..
These are my building blocks - the longer you do it the higher the blocks become and you start looking to yourself to do things well each and every day and wow all of a sudden that becomes your mantra.
Let me start you off..... I spent 30 minutes today giving myself a pedicure and it made me feel good
I have learned how to mix massage oils and have made one that smells amazing and will relax me
I smiled and did not bite when Mum ranted and started speaking in a kind way and very very slowly and found she calmed down too
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Don't let your guard down until you have done the work in knowing who you are and who is deserving of your inner beauty. There is community in self help programs without losing yourself to becoming the oft source for leaning on. You need to have someone to lean on with without being taken advantage of. A therapist and group is the safest place. Until you become stronger in trusting yourself and able to set clear, firm, boundaries. This way you don't get dragged into being a doormat (by those who smell it a mile away) - and you can get the hell up off the floor
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Happened to m e. I am the black sheep scapegoat. Divorced from a cold person. Because I saw it modeling the behavior for my 2 now adult children. Estranged from them for yrs but now saw them a couple of times but it has not changed whereby they are seeking me out to any greatly changed degree. By phone w my daughter - not so mch from my son - they treat me the way my ex and my parents and siblings do.

Look - you know this. Trying to change them is not going to work. I had to save my life by going to 12 step as my mom is a LT alcoholic and my dad a narcissistic enabler. The minions are anyone in the family who uphold my dad as a great person - a saint - and tout lies about how I am a POS. This is the textbook dynamic of a sick, abusive family that operates in often covert ways. You did not create it and you certainly are NOT at fault for its persistence. Counseling may help you to survive but the real work comes from programs like ACOA which also help remediate the pain people like us feel. We don't focus on the sick people needing to change other than ourselves. Their behavior is wrong and it is something we have ALWAYS known, but we are the punching bag that holds them in their roles to which the grand pubah has formulated and upheld.

You did not create it and you cannot cure it but you can learn what the hell you are dealing with through a 12 step in taking responsibility for what you do NOW. Finding it is safe to talk and be allowed to speak your mind without ridicule or interruption is KEY as many of us are not accustomed to such basics within our family of origin.
You are a SURVIVOR - don't buy into the armchair psychobabble that you can escape this by running. It follows you. Your ex did not likely start this way but grew momentum in your family's willingness to throw snow to that snowball growing and aiming it at your head. Your kids got their training from the power of strength in numbers against the target...target is you.

The sick thing about it - you are the one left to care for people who never cared for you. Guess what that does to the remaining vestiges of your psyche? Utter destruction. This was a recipe of sheer self hatred by the narcissist in your family. They hate themselves and set it up so that the scapegoat can distract and take away the responsibility of accountability from those who heap their crap onto you. Pretty soon you begin to side with your "captors" and feel so badly as a human. You give up bit by bit and continue to try to gain their love and approval through taking their abuse and doing more to get the love you have a right to, but denied.

Nothing you do is good enough. Nothing you do will stop their sick shit because it is that profound and not in your control.

What is in your control? Being the amazing person a scapegoat often is despite all outward news sources. It means connecting with yourself through self help, therapy and meditation. KNOWING who you are deep inside. The truth teller is often the target but you know damned well they don't want to face what they have done to you. So don't expect them to smack their collective foreheads in the AHA moment you are owed. In fact, the more you enforce your boundaries, the less support you will have in doing so because it upsets their natural order of being and requires them to navigate new waters...one which would require looking anywhere but at you for hurting.

You can only change yourself and live by example. We don't get the family we want all the time. But we have the option of reconciling this and getting to know the real beauty within ourselves and knowing the truth about who we are - not what a bunch of minions insist we are or become....

People who are scapegoats and caregivers are at a distinct and dangerous disadvantage in terms of mental health. The rate of depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, social anxiety and suicide risk increases without support in continued roles whereby we have no validating source such as a therapist or step program.

GET HELP for yourself. If your kids don't change, be the example and detach. It may work as they are half of you and not a lost cause like others may be. Without help, they won't improve, either. They need to recover from the effects as well.

HUGS
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I have a similar situation. I found a good church I go to the senior center and interact with seniors. I have looked for places that need me such as the hospice center. I went to work. My advice for you is to find places and people who need you. They are out there you just have to look for them.
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OHi CyndiT,

You know, you can still call the Steve Wilkos show as an adult, there have been other survivors who have face very similar situations as yours and they have come on the show as adults to confront their abusers and other related offenders. This would expose them and prevent any future offenses from happening to other children or other vulnerable people.

You mentioned your mom moving you guys around. Do you think it's possible CPS may have been looking for you guys due to some anonymous report and your mom found out and moved you? This is a possibility I thought of because I know of a couple who actually hid their kids and stayed on the run quite a while and dodged the CPS for I don't know how many months until CPS finally found the kids and caught up with them at the grandma's house not far from the CPS!

Another thought is maybe suspicious neighbors caught on to what was going on and started putting the heat on your mom, which could've made her pack and move. This actually happened with me when my abusive mom moved with me and dad near unsuspecting neighbors in another town. My experience and observations is why I bring up these thoughts because I've not only observe things, but I also experienced things. Maybe your mom could have stayed on the move to keep from being detected or caught. If you've ever heard the term of trying to hit a moving target, this is what I was thinking from your description of being moved around by your mom. If someone stays on the run and moves around a lot, I guess I wouldn't think anything of it unless I saw or heard something suspicious. I can see if you travel around for work or even school, but if you're not involved in either of those, I don't know of many other reasons why parents would keep up ruining their families, especially children, just rip them up and move just like that. This is hard on the kids sooner or later because if I happen to be involved in school or have close relationships, this can be especially traumatizing to be ripped away from everything you know and like only to be taken by a "cheap hooker" to a house full of drug addicts and sex predators.

Your story really needs to be heard, and I strongly encourage you to either call Steve Wilkos, Dr. Phil, or even the Jeremy Kyle show. Your story really needs to be shared because I'm sure there are others out there who are still trapped in the same kind of trap you were trapped in, and I strongly encourage you to be there voice because there are some out there who have no voice. Please consider sharing airing your story and being the voice for other children and other vulnerable people at various stages who may also be trapped and such a situation as you were in.

We come out on the other side of the storm for a reason, and even if you were to write a book, that would also be a big help. If you have a YouTube channel, you can also use that to your advantage and get your story out there. I'm considering some stories of my own as I let it roll around in my head. Videos seem to be the way to go these days because people are getting away from hardcopy books to some point. We're in the digital age, and more and more people can now find it easier and easier to self publish their first book or even a video. It's easier and easier to get published now more than ever, and I strongly encourage you to explore your options because your story really needs to be heard. Please consider it for all of the other victims out there who are still trapped, please consider being there voice because you came out on the other side for a reason, and I believe this is it. You should be the voice for all the others out there who have no voice but are still trapped and maybe even be a voice for those who may have died while trapped. Abuse of anyone of any age is unacceptable. Saying nothing is the same as letting it go on. Now that my abusers are dead, I can now use their real names since I now have documentation and proof of what happened. All of my relatives are dead, so all stops are up, nothing hidden, not even names or locations of where things happened. Even if you don't remember a thing I said later on, at very least try to remember those without a voice who are still trapped. Children and vulnerable adults who can speak up but are trapped by abuse will start finding the courage to speak up, fight back, and escape to safety. The more people hear what they need to hear, the more likely they'll start being able to stand up for themselves and even help others. The more we speak up, the more lives we can save
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Ah, today is going to be a good day! Dh came inside by himself. (A first in a long time!) We are caught up and back on schedule, he had breakfast and is hitting the shower, soon!
We will be out of here by 1:00 p.m.! (goal).
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