...and dammed if I don’t. I had a huge falling out with two very close family members. They accused me of things that weren’t true, and have been generally very emotionally and verbally abusive. Instead of lashing out at them or trying to defend myself against their baseless accusations, I elected to just back away from them completely. Unfortunately, they’ve bad-mouthed me so much to my other family members that now those people won’t speak to me either. So now I’m faced with a terrible decision: do I maintain my dignity and refuse to be drawn into the drama they so obviously love, or do I reach out to the whole family by trying to defend myself and explain my side of the story? I’m just heartbroken about this. I have truly done nothing to deserve this (their attacks happen sporadically out of the blue for no apparent reason, and no matter what I do or say, I’m always “wrong” in their eyes.) and it’s so incredibly unfair. I just don’t know what to do.