Wow that is so interesting — what a story! So glad you feel you’ve been healed. I also feel like I have been healed. When something that toxic comes into our lives we have a choice as to whether we become stronger or weaker afterward. It looks like we’ve both chosen strength and I think it’s healthy that we’re also both carefully keeping these people at an arm’s length. I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to keep someone I care about so much at a distance from me and at the same time I know it’s the best thing for my own mental health.