Some good news!
Just wanted to report on some good stuff in my life! One of my first ever postings on this board was about my family and how unsupportive they are and how difficult I find it being so near them when they won't help me. Loads of people replied, sadly many with the same problem, and lots of people advocated moving away from them, saying it had worked for them.
Well, after a lot of work, I have taken the plunge and secured myself a beautiful house in Devon (UK). I have friends there already so the transition will be much easier, it's a good four hours from my folks so there will be no more unannounced visits and I feel as though a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. We move next weekend (as usual, I am doing everything on my own because everyone else is too 'busy' but I don't care this time!) and I can't wait.
So a big thankyou to all of those who have helped me out in recent months - I really feel like I am at the start of a new beginning and that I can leave some of the past behind me now.
Will update soon!