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The scapegoat
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I am a woman who suffered from severe abuse in my childhood and life. My family is currently still dysfunctional. I was the only one who reached out for help. They still try to abuse me emotionally but I do not allow it. I realize with recovery they are sick. I am there for them amazingly enough as much as I can. It has been extremely difficult to get out of the family scapegoat position my family put me in. I stand up for myself now. I don't have the heart to close the door to them when they are in need. For I am a Christian woman and I know that Jesus would do the same.
I have taught children for the past eighteen years as a substitute teacher and a special education teacher for four years. I currently work with children from the streets with painful backgrounds. I am a recovering alcoholic and benzodiazapine addict with eighteen years of recovery. I am also a recovering love addict with three years of no abusive relationships.
I have two beautiful children who I love dearly. I also have four grandchildren five years old to six months. I have been a big part of their lives. They are the loves of my life. I love Jesus with all of my heart and soul who showed me what love
is.
I recently completed a poetry book with a short story of my life. My dream is to publish it. I feel that it has been a calling from God for a long time to publish this book. I have little money but have faith I will be able to publish it somehow some day thank you and God Bless you and yours

by Donna Solitario

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