Daughter-In-Law Shares How In-Laws Try To Harm Her & Twitter Is Fuming With Rage!

All of us face various issues and problems in our lives. And when they get too overwhelming, we seek help from our friends or family. In some cases though, it feels more comfortable talking about them with complete strangers (read Agony aunts) to get an unbiased opinion on the matter.

New York magazine’s website The Cut also runs an advice column for readers by the name ‘Ask Polly’. It is managed by columnist Heather Havrilesky and a particular letter she received recently has left netizens horrified.

The anonymous letter signed “Disrespected Daughter-in-Law” is an SOS signal by a woman whose in-laws completely disregard her severe mushroom allergy and go out of their way to serve them during family meals in their home.

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The most shocking part of the scenario is that both the woman and her husband have taken the time to explain the food allergy and its repercussions to her in-laws but they refuse to change their ways.

This is the full letter received by the columnist. Take a look.

Dear Polly,

I have a very severe allergy to mushrooms. I carry an EpiPen, and I have been hospitalized multiple times because of exposure to this food. One time, I began convulsing in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. My husband politely explained this to his parents when we started dating, and I was invited to family meals.

Since then, most meals we have shared at my in-laws’ house have had very limited options for me. Somehow, they manage to find a way to add mushrooms to almost everything. One time, they made a point to make a special plate of mushrooms and pass it around. My mother-in-law said, very rudely, “I would’ve liked to add mushrooms directly to the salad, but SOMEBODY has problems with it!” They even added mushroom powder to the mashed potatoes at one holiday dinner. My mother-in-law claimed it was a new recipe she’d found.

I literally held my breath as the mushrooms passed in front of me at the table that day. That was extremely dangerous for me. That food could kill me. What’s worse is my husband told me that mushrooms were not a common dish served by his parents before he started dating me.

When I was pregnant, my husband told them we would not take part in any family meals if they didn’t promise to keep the meals allergy-free. His dad said, “We can’t promise that. Everyone except your wife likes mushrooms, and we’re not changing what we eat for one person.”

This has caused a huge wedge between my husband’s family and us. We no longer spend holidays with them and rarely speak. They don’t get to see their grandkids, even though they live very close by. His sister stopped talking to us. He has a brother who still reaches out and is kind to us, but he acts as though his parents are just set in their ways and we should forgive them and move on.

Short of taking them a doctor’s note, telling them my allergy is real, I’m not sure what to do.

My husband supports me 100 per cent, and he is very angry and hurt by their actions. But at times I feel terrible that I am the cause of this rift, and I just want a happy family.

HELP!

Disrespected Daughter-in-Law

After hearing her plight, netizens are fuming with rage. People are asking her to never set foot in her in-laws’ home ever again.

It is deeply saddening to see that someone can be so callous towards a person’s health and food preferences, especially a member of their own family! We sincerely hope that they get well soon.

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