Most of my family doesn't understand who she really is, and just thinks that with enough love she will change or that exaggerating the problem. Or they simply heard her side of things first and they don't want to believe the child, even though in 25 now. This has lead me to cut ties with a good portion of my family, either becasue they are enablers or they unintentionally give her information I do not want her to have. Which led to some of the stalking incidents.
But, like Gutts, I know there is no paradise. I know that fate is unfair and you just have to bite the bullet and do what you can with what you have. I hold no resentment towards the cards I have been dealt and only wish to find ways to make it enhance my experience's in life.
But the thing that does suck is having to deal with people who don't, or won't, understand. They either have no idea what a life like that is like or are not very empatheticly skilled to try to understand it and treat me like a freak if I open up to them. On the other hand there are people who are either in the same situation, but have become dependent on it, or are outright enablers to their own dysfunction person. And they are more than happy to dole out their own brand of abuse to someone who has escaped 'the cave'.