Shannon, I’m so sorry to hear this. I’ve been reading your work regarding your mother for over a year, and I know from what you’ve written that it’s been an incredibly difficult relationship. Your resilience in this situation is admirable. Please don’t feel you owe updates or check-ins to your readers during this hard and confusing time (unless it makes you feel better to work through complicated feelings through writing, of course). I hope and pray you and Sophie will be able to find some peace in working through this tough time. And — I hope this doesn’t sound flippant — I really hope you catch a break soon. My heart goes out to you.

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