An update: I am taking a mini break, collecting my thoughts and trying to figure out what to write next. The past couple of weeks have drained me and I have chosen to step away (well not completely) from the family dynamic. My mom is home and my dad is playing a new role, which is interesting. I am (temporarily) no longer the parentified child. Still, the roller-coaster of emotion has left me feeling beyond exhausted—and so numb that nothing really hurts.
Thank you for the support and kind words!