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This is so familiar. I share much of the same childhood experiences you wrote about. Thank you for putting this into words ❤️

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This essay was heartbreaking to read and as I could feel the pain, loneliness, desperation, and yes, hopefulness in your words. It doesn't seem fair that, through no fault of your own, the impact of these experiences will take a lifetime of work to undo. Even more reason that I admire your self-awareness you have and how far you've come down that road, in life and in love! xo

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Thank you for sharing this. So much resonated. You are a wonderful writer.

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wow, I am so sorry that you had to endure such a toxic relationship with your father, but you write about it as a survivor. You are a fabulous writer, and maybe some of your trauma actually led you to be so relatable for your readers. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

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This is beautiful and powerful and I can relate to so much of it. Thank you for sharing this.

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You are an amazing writer. How incredibly well you communicated your traumatic childhood and the leftover emotional gifts that keep on giving. I lived in a dysfunctional house. I understand having to negotiate with your parents because they are not speaking. I loved that your essay ended with hope and openness to possibilities. Thank you for sharing your essay. I will think about it for days to come.

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