Step-mom to Down Syndrome 17 y/o
Well I am a step-mom to a 17 y/o DS daughter. I raised her from 6 months old to 14 y/o. I went through 37 surgeries over 30 hospital stays. Couldn't even be home with my own children to breastfeed when they were babies because I was taking care of her. At 14 y/o her bio-mom was doing excellent and we sent her to live with her it was a "Tag your it" moment. Here we are 2 years later and bio-mom relapsed on drugs. We had to travel thousands of mile to pick my step-daughter up. She's now 17 y/o and she has regressed, been through trauma, and every form of abuse. She is still soiling herself daily. I am now a college graduate and had to give up my career to provide her 24 hour care. She is literally abou 2 y/o cognitively! But here's the deal....I don't want to do it anymore! It's killing me! I'm depressed, miserable, and I just don't have to the love or patience to do this anymore! I had finally been able to be completely present for my own children after raising 3 step-children. Here I am again and I hate it! To top it off my husband does not want to help at all with her and I'm ready to run!! Anyone else going through something similar???