Shannon, Beautifully written. I think there will be others that resonate with your heart. And I agree like you say, “life is too short to live it in bondage”.
Also when you say “Now I care most about being free”, this is deep.
My take on bitterness. The anger helps keep you strong until becoming strong takes too much energy. Then that helplessness creeps in and threatens to take you down. Depression. Then the cycle repeats. Thoughts are a culdesac.
Shannon, it is beautiful that you feel so strongly about not wanting your daughter to suffer like you have! Radical change always starts with a decision.