No Choice

by Karen
(Moose Jaw)

My parents live in the same city as me and my sibling is two hours away. He and his family visited our parents maybe four or five times a year for a weekend before they moved into a retirement home. Now they just come for lunch or dinner then head back home.


In the meantime, I am left with running all their errands (which is several times a week), spending a full day with them on weekends and holding down a full-time job. I would like to make more friends because my social life is diminishing, but I don't have the time or energy to make new friends, e.g. volunteering, attending church, participating on church groups, sports, etc.

I am exhausted and depressed and spend my little free time crying and watching TV. All I can see is that once my parents pass away, then I'll get my life back, in the meantime, I have to endure the stress and loneliness. My family does nothing to help.

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