A typical American family has a mother, a father, and a couple of children. The father provides for the family, as does the mother either domestically and or by working; however my family does not fit the ideal image of an American family. My mother was the one who raised me, but I would not quite call her a mother. Ever since I can remember she was always sick, never healthy and was addicted to drugs. When she was pregnant with me she would use illegal substances and she was also a diabetic. Obviously a baby, drugs, and diabetes do not mix well. As for my father, he left our family when I was only four years old. We talk from time to time but, for the most part, he is not in my life. Growing up with a mother who expected me to be the mom and with a father, who left me, was not an ideal family life. The cause of my mother’s life had many effects on me and she was the reason why I became who I am today.
It all started when my mother was a teenager. She started smoking cigarettes when she was fourteen, mostly because her friends were doing it, and back in those days drugs were becoming very popular. My mother’s father and mother were very strict. That was another reason why my mother started doing drugs. She would rebel against her own parents. As she started smoking cigarettes those cigarettes turned into illegal substances. If that was not terrible enough, she then was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of seventeen. This meant that she had to eat right and stop doing all the terrible drugs she was doing; but my mother was stubborn and only cared about herself. She did what ever she wanted no matter what the consequences might have been. As she continued to eat whatever she wanted and did whatever she ...
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...t cannot explain. No one should have to go through what my mother went through and having to watch it happen had the biggest effect on me. I try so hard to not end up the way she did. I am terrified that I will take after the diabetic gene and if I do, I do not know what I will do. All I know is I will take care of my body the best way I can if it ever came down to me getting diabetes.
My family was far from being the ideal American family. I have gone through so much growing up as a child that no child should ever have to go through. From a sick drug addictive mother to an absent father, but through it all I loved my life and I loved every memory I had with my mother. She may have had her bad decisions in life but I know I will not end up the way she did. I have learned from my family’s mistakes and the cause of her life will always effect my in a positive way.
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