Listen to @bushralacerda ‘s heart-wrenching story of culture clash when it comes to love and happiness. Thank you Bushra for your courageous words. .
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For three years my family didn’t want anything to do with me. It was as if I didn’t exist to them. My father is a cruel man, he bumped into me at the grocery store and said, ‘Who are you? You have no father.’ Those three years of my life I felt lost, I fell into a deep state of depression. I chose my love over my family. I wanted both and in the process I lost myself. I live my life with the motto ‘Family is everything.’ Yet, I had no one. My siblings who were still living with my parents were forbidden to communicate with me.
One day I woke up and stopped feeling sorry for myself, I know my worth, I know what I want, and I will not allow anyone to jeopardize my mental health. I started to see a therapist once a week, and fought through the depression. With the clarity came the process of slowly trying to get my family back. .
Eventually we had an American ceremony and my parents agreed to accept us so long as we had a Muslim one as well. Once my parents gave my husband a chance and really understood his intentions, they fell in love with him as well.” .
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Words @bushralacerda .
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