Tuesday, November 23, 2010
At first, I thought I could help him. I still think he needs someone to advocate for him but I don’t think it is me. I have written him twice asking him to allow the staff there to give me information so I can help him but he has not authorized them to do so. I asked him to get a phone so we (bio-siblings) could communicate with him. He was resistant to that too saying that $8 per month was too expensive. Not sure if it happened or not but I don’t have a phone number for him (other then the facility number) Maybe I am being impatient as it has only been a month or so but I have other things that I really need to focus my attention and energy on like my health/weight, my Mom, Dave, my siblings and my friends.
I had a wonderful father who loved me unconditionally. He was my biggest cheerleader and I was so blessed to have been adopted by him and my mother. Of course, no life is perfect and we had our ups and downs especially when I was a teen but all in all I have had it pretty darn easy. My father passed away in 1999 (I was 32) and I miss him dearly, even now. The pain does get easier with time but it never goes away, that is for sure, especially during the holidays.
It has been my M.O. in the past to take on “others” problems instead of focusing on my own issues. I would get kudos for helping others but it did nothing for my health and well-being which I kept ignoring. Finally the alarms went off in my head telling me that I could no longer ignore my own issues and I was unhappy and 315 lbs. I had to become selfish and start saying “NO” when others asked me for help. I didn’t like it. It is the eternal people pleaser in me but I HAD to do it or else.
I am glad that I came to this conclusion before I entrenched myself in helping Bruce. I may keep in contact with him periodically and send Christmas cards and the like but it just doesn’t factor into my life at this point. Until next time…
Posted by Katie J ♥ at 8:03 AM