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#424194 - 02/04/13 04:14 AM Where to begin
focusedbody Offline

Registered: 02/03/13
Posts: 541
Loc: NY
Hello to others. I am a former child actor who went away to make a film as a boy and when it came out I was going through puberty. I recently have had a hard time with things going on during my adolescence. Now that I am looking more closely at it, many other earlier experiences have come to the surface.

It feels strengthening to have touched bottom and felt my self for the first time in 33 years. I have someone now who has overcome a big sense of shame about who I am. That person is myself.

Having overcome that, I now feel ready to feel many other experiences of shame that go back to being very young. My mother and father had an "open relationship" for 27 years, which meant that deeper attachments were never made in our family. My mother made peace with this in her mind, but not her body. I don't think she ever wanted this kind of relationship with him, but she created a long list of rationalizations.

As a result, she has been inappropriately enmeshed with me for my whole life and I feel a split in myself when I think about her.I have been spending two years confronting her and it has helped. I am still frequently dissociated in my interactions, especially with women. I have two young children and am separated from their own mother.

The split in me is partly a male-female one. I think what happened was that she never really wanted me to be a man because men had caused her enough problems.

Later in my childhood, my brother was molested by a stranger. He did not disclose this to me until 10 years ago. It took me a while but I started getting to the early memories. Now I realize that like my mother, he has been aggressive with me in a sexual way for many years.

I am the only person in the family who he seems to have told about it. I think that when I was very young, I created a strongly passive and sometimes female identity to deal with what he was trying tell me with his body about what happened. We were just boys and he had no other way to tell people. I remember when he started pulling down my pants while I was brushing my teeth. I think this probably around the age that it happened.

It's been very hard to put together all the pieces of this and to do it on my own while my family tries to listen but does not acknowledge much at all. My mother will give me real responses which can help. To get them I did scream a few times, but she was ready.

In order to write this I have had to take a deep breath and now that I read it back it sounds like I'm under water. I think that's because of the public nature of my life. I've never really felt that I had any room to experience all of these things. I really appreciate having this opportunity and I hope this doesn't all sound too confusing for an introduction, but it's what I have right now that serves the purpose.
Lose the drama; life is a poem.

#424201 - 02/04/13 05:57 AM Re: Where to begin [Re: focusedbody]
cant_remember Offline

Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 1070

Thank you for sharing and welcome to MS. As we say, sorry you have to be here, but glad you're here.

You're not the only one here dealing with covert/emotional incest issues from their mothers; you can check out the Female Abusers forum. You also are probably not the only other former child star here, certainly not the only one here with a public profile.

We're here to help you in your recovery path. So read and share; we're here for you.

I'll be just fine and dandy
Lord, it's like a hard candy Christmas
I'm barely getting through tomorrow
But I won't let sorrow get me way down.

#424218 - 02/04/13 11:43 AM Re: Where to begin [Re: focusedbody]
Farmer Boy Offline

Registered: 08/23/12
Posts: 442
Loc: Australia
Hey Focused

Like Cant said - Welcome!

You are SO not alone and we understand!!!

I've found this place to be VERY helpful in my recovery and have made some really close friends along the way. I REALLY appreciate the anonymity we all have here.

Read and share (just don't over do it at first).

More than meets the eye!

#424219 - 02/04/13 11:53 AM Re: Where to begin [Re: focusedbody]
Aptrick Offline

Registered: 06/26/02
Posts: 84
Loc: Nashville,Tennessee
Welcome. Please understand that you are not alone in what you are going through. The sad, shocking truth is that so many men go through various forms of abuse; but we still hurt the same. There is a ton of information and stories of struggle so please read, read, and read. Only you can set yourself free.

#424235 - 02/04/13 03:23 PM Re: Where to begin [Re: focusedbody]
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Registered: 02/16/07
Posts: 7011
Loc: FEMA Region 1
Originally Posted By: focusedbody
but it's what I have right now that serves the purpose.

Unfortunately, as kids, others mess with our design, plans and futures. Sometimes, they simply have only their own "good-feeling" as motivators. You are the designer, architect and contractor of your own healing, but you are by NO means alone.

Glad you found us bud.

#424249 - 02/04/13 06:29 PM Re: Where to begin [Re: focusedbody]
Jude Offline

Registered: 08/09/12
Posts: 1633
Loc: New England
Welcome Focused. You are among friends who "get it". Much of what you've expressed is familiar to us. Use this site as much as you can manage and you will be helped.

I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories
Sarah McLachlan

#424299 - 02/05/13 12:02 AM Re: Where to begin [Re: focusedbody]
pbert53 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/09
Posts: 576
Loc: Washington, USA
Welcome to Focusedbody,

As others have said, 'glad you are here and you are not alone in this.'

Take your time and get acquainted with the format and different forums available. It is all on your time table, no pressure.

i have found this site to be safe and comforting and i hope you find it that way as well.

take care


If you cannot control what happens to you, you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.

~ adapted from: Sri Ram


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