I’m a seventeen year old girl (going to be a senior in HS) and I can’t take living at home anymore. My dad has Parkinson’s, and my parents keep trying to hide it from me. You know how I found out? My mom and I rented Back to the Future, and I was talking about how Micheal J Fox was a big Parkinson’s disease research supporter and my mom goes “Oh! You know who else has that? your dad.” I don’t know about me, but that is not a good way to tell someone. And I didn’t find out till I was 14 too. Nobody ever talks about it and we try to act like everything’s fine, but it’s not. My mom is the type of person who has to control everything, and I seriously think that she’s trying to control my life because she has no control of my dad’s. She keeps critizizing me all the time and she makes me feel like I’m a bad kid. I never hear “Good job Katie” unless it’s in front of people. I just get “You did good but you could be better in this this and this way.” She’s told me that I’m ugly and fat before. She gets angry at me over the slighest things. Like just now I was helping her in the kitchen and she was putting some seasoned chicken in a Ziploc bag, and some of the spices got in the zipper so I couldn’t close it. I tell her that, and she throws the bag on the other cabinet and goes “WELL NOW CLOSE IT OVER THERE. YOU’RE SO DISRESPECTFUL!”
She also tells me quite often that I’m going to hell. She says that I’m not a good Christian and that I can’t think going to Confession will help me.
I went talk to a priest yesterday and he told me to keep in mind that my mom loves me and that I love her too and to pray the rosary every day for paitence in this, but I really can’t take living at this house for another year. She’s not the only one in my family like that either. I can’t talk to her anymore, just about insignificant things. I’m discerning a religious vocation, and I would love to tell her, but I don’t know if I can.
Well, thanks for reading. Any advice or prayers is appreciated.