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BAREFOOT-LISA Posts: 1,400
7/24/13 2:38 P

My mother is in jail. However, she deserves to be there, so I do not think I could offer much in the way of support!
My father has also served time, but cleaned up his life a long time ago and stopped breaking the law. Unfortunately my mother never did.
I do not have any issues admitting to this, I grew up with the stigma as well, and I just decided early on that my parents faults would not define me.

I am sorry if you are having a hard time coping with your loved ones incarceration. Hopefully, even though it's a weight loss centric website, Sparkpeople can offer you what you are looking for.
Just keep reaching out. Even if there aren't many people in the same situation, I am sure many will be able sympathize.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (132,014)
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7/22/13 6:31 A

Coach Jen did a SparkTeam search and couldn't find a team that fits that description. Perhaps if you put this out in the SparkCafe Forum you might find others who would like to be in on starting a team for support, too! I am sure it would certainly benefit many people, and in a way, be a form of therapy, too! There is nothing like getting support from those who have experienced the same or similar!

Let me know what you decide, because I will let the others in a similar situation know if there is a team started.

Good luck,
Kris

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7/22/13 1:44 A

I know that there are others on SP in a similar situation as yourself. I don't know if there are any teams, but can see if I can find out for you. Sometimes teams are private and also not readily found, if you get what I mean!

Kris



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7/22/13 12:40 A

I'm glad at least one person responded to my post. I was thinking about starting a Spark Team for this topic or a related one but I don't think I would be that great a ST leader. I really wish more people would come forward. I hate the fact that I have to go to "Prison Wives" or legal sites for wrongly convicted,or people with civil right being violated while incarcerated,etc to find message boards and/or support groups. I have seen jail from both sides of the fence. I even spent time in the infamous Maricopa County jail system, and have 2 close friends, and an ex that are on death row. Not all people who get locked up are monsters...everyone makes mistakes in life, some just worse than others. But still those people and their families, and friends need people to talk to an in the electronic age the Internet is a convenient place to go. I hope your post wasnt the only response I get. I really would like a Spark Team for people who have loved ones incarcerated, and for people that are ex offenders could be started. emoticon

MRSDMK1 SparkPoints: (2,512)
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7/22/13 12:38 A

I'm glad at least one person responded to my post. I was thinking about starting a Spark Team for this topic or a related one but I don't think I would be that great a ST leader. I really wish more people would come forward. I hate the fact that I have to go to "Prison Wives" or legal sites for wrongly convicted,or people with civil right being violated while incarcerated,etc to find message boards and/or support groups. I have seen jail from both sides of the fence. I even spent time in the infamous Maricopa County jail system, and have 2 close friends, and an ex that are on death row. Not all people who get locked up are monsters...everyone makes mistakes in life, some just worse than others. But still those people and their families, and friends need people to talk to an in the electronic age the Internet is a convenient place to go. I hope your post wasnt the only response I get. I really would like a Spark Team for people who have loved ones incarcerated, and for people that are ex offenders could be started. emoticon

LILLIPUTIANNA Posts: 1,038
7/21/13 8:08 P

I'm sure you're not the only one. Many people feel it's difficult to admit that someone they love is in prison. Society tends not to be kind to people who have relations who are convicted of felonies.

When I was in the 5th grade, I remember my math teacher asking me in front of the class what my father did for a living. I said he was in prison. The teacher scowled and said, "That's something you might not want to admit so readily."

So, keep in mind the stigma that's placed on people in our position. I do think your idea for Spark Teams are good ones, and I'm sure there are plenty of us who would qualify for membership, but I'm not sure how many people would be brave enough to admit the reality of their lives here on SP.

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7/21/13 7:48 P

I discovered this site about 3 1/2 weeks ago. I am in the process of changing my eating habits, and working on losing weight. I also found a few other forums on here that address other issues I have going on. The one thing I was disappointed that I was not able to find a forum/message board for people who have loved ones that are currently incarcerated in jail or prison. Am I the only person on her with that issue? I at least thought I'd find a support forum for ex felons ( I'm in that category too) or something like that. Please if your son/daughter, husband/boyfriend,wife/girlfriend is locked up please say something..... emoticon


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