"I will not forgive them,” my client blurted out as soon as she entered my office, “I am going to give them a piece of my mind one day!” Tina [name changed] was extremely angry with her relatives. Eight years ago, her mother had gone abroad for a holiday all alone and fallen seriously ill. Tina rushed to her mother’s rescue and spent two harrowing weeks in a foreign country trying to get her mother treated and bring her back home. During that time, she had expected more support from the rest of her family but it never came.
“They knew how serious our mother’s condition was, they knew I was all alone there and in need of help. They should have come to help us. They didn’t even pick up the phone and call!” Tina said angrily. She had always helped them when they were in need, and when it was their turn, they had forgotten her. She felt betrayed.
She was so traumatised by this dreadful experience that she hasn’t left her mother and grandmother’s side since—not taking a single vacation in eight years. Instead, Tina has lived with a constant fear of either of them getting sick again, and has taken on a lot of their responsibility by herself.
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