I Found My Mom’s Diary and Unveiled a Dark Family Secret, Now My Life is Falling Apart

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A woman, 36, has just shared an astonishing family tale with us via letter. While sorting through her late mother’s belongings after the funeral, she stumbled upon a previously unknown diary. Within its pages were numerous entries detailing events that left her utterly stunned. She had never imagined that such dramatic occurrences had unfolded within her own family, involving her own parents.

The woman’s mom died and the grief was immense.

Helen, a 36-year-old woman, reached out to us with a heart-wrenching story that has turned her life upside down. In her letter, she recounted the recent loss of her mother to cancer, an event that has left her grappling with profound grief and a sense of profound loss.

Helen had been her mother’s primary caregiver for the past two years, witnessing her gradual decline with a heavy heart. Despite her best efforts, the cancer had been diagnosed too late, and none of the treatments seemed to make a difference. While Helen had braced herself for the inevitable, the reality of her mother’s passing hit her like a tidal wave, leaving her numb and unable to fully process her emotions.

Helen revealed that she had a special kind of relationship with her late mom. The woman wrote, «My mom loved me more than anything. She would spoil me, she would be my best friend, my wisest mentor, my most loving person in the universe. I paid her with a doubled love in return, we were very close.»

Interestingly, Helen’s bond with her brother, Sam, was not as close as the one she shared with her mother. She confided, «My older brother, Sam, is the person whom I have never been able to fully understand. He has always been very distant with me, since my childhood, and I didn’t see any obvious reason for it. No, he wasn’t aggressive to me and he never offended me. He was just behaving like I was having some disease that would spread on him if he contacted with me, this has always been so weird, provided our mom loved us both equally, and there wasn’t any discrimination in our family.»

The situation took a turn for the worse immediately following their mother’s funeral.

Helen continued her narrative, recounting the events following her mother’s funeral. Her brother approached her, expressing the need for a conversation. «Sam insisted that I don’t touch mom’s thing by any means, and he said that he would sort them, and then he’d take the things he’d want to keep and let me choose the ones I would want to keep, too,» Helen disclosed. I was so much overwhelmed by my grief that I agreed, but in heart of hearts, I knew this was so wrong from Sam’s side to not allow me to touch mom’s things.«

However, when Sam’s wife unexpectedly went into labor, requiring his immediate presence, he hurried to be by her side. Seeing this as an opportunity, Helen took matters into her own hands and began sorting through their mother’s belongings alone.

Helen said, «I thought that it would be just unfair if someone, even if it’s my brother, would prohibit me to approach the belongings of my dearest person on Earth. I decided to ignore Sam’s conditions and started looking through mom’s things alone. I thought that I would keep only a few of them, and I was sure that Sam wouldn’t want them, as they had no special meaning for him. So, I thought everything was fair enough. And now I wish I actually listened to Sam and never approached mom’s stuff, because what I found in the process is now taking a toll on my life.»

Despite being asked not to, Helen couldn’t resist the temptation and proceeded to read her mother’s diary.

Helen goes on with her story, saying, «I was looking through my late mom’s belongings, when I suddenly came across a very old, half-torn book. It turned out to be mom’s personal diary, and she had been actively writing entries in it only for 2 years, which was even before I was born.»

Helen disclosed that the title page bore handwritten instructions from her mother, urging anyone who found the diary to refrain from reading its contents out of respect for her privacy. Despite this clear warning, Helen grappled with her conscience and ultimately decided to defy her mother’s wishes and delve into the diary.

She expressed, «I knew I was doing a very disrespectful thing while ignoring mom’s prohibition to read the content of this book. But I was grieving, I needed a part of her in my life so badly, and I felt she would forgive me for reading through her diary.»

Helen added, «While reading it, I finally understood why my brother had been behaving in such a weird way during all my conscious life. The fact is that he turned out to be not my brother, but my...Father!»

The woman’s revelation was a real knock down for her.

Helen went on to explain, «In her diary, Mom recounted the early days of her marriage to my dad. She detailed how he already had three adult children from a previous marriage, while she had none of her own. Despite their shared desire to have a child together, Dad’s significant health challenges, including infertility, made it impossible for them to conceive.»

Helen continued, sharing further details from her mother’s diary. «Mom wrote that they didn’t want to use a male donor’s material for fertilization, so they asked dad’s son, Sam, to be the actual donor. According to mom, they both felt that was the best decision. She explained it in her diary that their kid would have dad’s genes, and they knew Sam’s health, personality, and intelligence, which made him a very good donor. And Sam agreed to help.»

The woman concluded, «So, I’m 36 now. And I know now that my „father“ is my grandfather, my „brother“ is my father, my two „sisters“ are my aunts. Mom wrote that she and dad had been anxious and confused about telling me about this. Dad passed many years ago and took this secret to the grave with him, and now mom passed, and this truth was revealed after her death. I wish I just could hear this all from her, this would have explained so much for me.»

Helen doesn’t know how to live with this truth now.

Helen disclosed that upon uncovering this family secret, she found herself unable to recover from the shock it brought.

The woman recounted, «Everything unfolded so unexpectedly, and now it’s making my relationship with Sam nearly impossible. I called him immediately after discovering the truth. Initially, I congratulated him on the birth of his baby boy, but then I revealed that I knew the truth. His reaction was one of shock and then anger. He lashed out at me, placing blame on me for reading the diary without permission. He even resorted to name-calling and direct insults, which was completely out of character for him. I was taken aback and frightened, fearing that this marked the end of our relationship altogether.»

Helen concluded, «Sam and I cut ties, but I find it so painful, and I really want him back in my life. I want to talk to him about everything, and I want us to build a healthy relationship after I found out the secrets of the past. But he completely disappeared from my life, and I don’t even know how he named his baby. I feel like I’m dead for him now, but I can’t see what my fault is.»

Here’s another story about a woman whose life has been turned upside down after she stumbled upon an ordinary tampon among her husband’s belongings. This seemingly innocuous discovery led her to uncover a shocking truth, leaving her so shaken that she now contemplates fleeing from her once beloved spouse.


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