Alyssa Johnston
2 min readMay 14, 2021


Through grit and perseverance, and a whole lotta Jesus, I am here today.

I was a little girl who was scared to fail. I was terrified of losing my parents, since they dealt with illnesses for decades. I just wanted my family to be proud of me, so I always said yes. I never thought of the consequences. I was never taught them.

I knew, before my therapist told me, that I’m codependent. It has a name! It is a thing. It is a psychological construct.

It was taught to me, through years of enduring dysfunctional traits. I don’t and can’t blame one person, or a few. I feel this cycle is multi-generational. How could I place blame on any one person in my life, when they were taught it too by their parents and family?

Over the past year, I have read many books on personality disorders, codependency, and ways of healing. It’s not a one and done process. Healing doesn’t come from reading a book. I think it may come in time, if I decide to unravel the behaviors that have been ingrained in me for so long. I still fear failure. I fear putting others’ off because I choose to say no, this time. And maybe even the next. That I will ask for a rain check, because I need to focus on me.

Things you can do to break the cycle:

Set boundaries (my favorite book on this-Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend) Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life

Show myself love ❤️ (a recent read- Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis) Girl, Stop Apologizing

Create tangible goals (I need to find a book on this! What are your recommendations?)

Get support (I see two different counselors, to help with very different parts of me. I have also sought out counselors in my past. It’s never one and done. Sometimes family or friends are the ones you are running from)



Alyssa Johnston

I am a Board Certified Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner. I have over 18 years of experience in various modalities in nursing.