— Marilyn S., Addison, Texas
If you found the courage to step away from your dysfunctional family setting, you should be congratulated. I wouldn't worry about pleasing in-laws and friends. They haven't walked in your shoes. Here are two steps for dealing with things if you continue to encounter bewilderment or criticism.
First, explain the difference between putting up with something, fixing it and walking away. Make it clear that you tried the two alternatives that didn't work in this case before you turned to the only one left.
Second, if you are still met with criticism and judgment, consider how much these in-laws and friends actually care about you. You may be surprised. I would be wary in particular of anyone who declares that "preserving the family at all costs" is a viable way to live.
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