For fifteen years Debbie looked after her mother.
As her mother was sick with this or that, the inheritance she had received from her father was gone.
She had spend all her money looking after her mother. All her money, all her time, all her life.
And because her mother controlled her life, a lot of things that Debbie should do were not done.
Debbie ‘had’ to get home to look after her mother. Debbie had to take her mother to the doctor. Debbie had to go grocery shopping.
Opportunities passed Debbie like racing cars because she never could catch them.
By the time she completed her ‘mother care’ tasks, whatever chances she had were gone.