I'm really just feeling quite overwhelmed at the moment. In the last month I have had a lot of stuff going on.
My Father-in-law has had some semi-serious brushes with health issues. (Heart-related and family history isn't good there). My son had to have stitches, 6 and I know its not life-threatening but it was just "one more thing" if you know what I mean. My great aunt passed away who was a really neat lady, and while I'm sure she's in a better place, death and I don't dance well together.
My kids started school and my youngest had issues adjusting to all-day schedules and a new class without many of his friends from his class last year.
My mother-in-law also is having health issues and isn't getting many answers from doctors.
My uncle is very very sick with cancer and isn't expected to live.
A volunteer orginazation I sit on the Board of Directors with is going through some very public upheaval.
All of this compounded with the fact that my ex-boyfriend was released from prison and is now stalking me. He forced his way into my home 22 days ago and hit me, before a car outside scared him off.
Lots of history there with him, he's a violent man, and I put him in prison so I'm sure he's pretty pissed off at me.
I feel like I'm sinking and not sure what to do.
I have a dear friend whom I've confided in but I feel like such a burden to her, am I being too much of a burden? I'm just unsure what to do.
Once you go through something you think will kill you and it doesn’t, every day is like a present. Elissa B. Terris Posts: 3 | From: Middle of Nowhere, Midwest | Registered: Sep 2008
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I'm so sorry to hear that things are so tough for you right now. It really sounds like you have a lot on your plate, and it's no wonder you're feeling overwhelmed.
Unless your friend lets you know that she cannot deal with what you're going through, I'd not feel guilty about confiding in her. That's what friends are for, after all. I'm sure you've been there and helped her out, too.
However, sometimes it can also be helpful to talk to someone unbiased and removed from the situation, or even a professional. Have you thought about seeking out some counseling? I think that that'd be a really good place for you to talk about what you're going through, without having to feel guilty for just unloading everything.
As for your ex-boyfriend - have you reported what he's done? If he broke into your house and assaulted you, that's definitely something you should report. If he's stalking you, you may want to talk to the police or a lawyer in getting some help to get a restriction order against him.
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