“i begged, cried, tried to reason with them, tried to convince them to let me help them move—but every time, they became furious with me, telling me i had no right to tell them how to live their lives and that they had it all under control,” she explained. It was not because they didn’t try hard enough, nor did it happen without the help of others who loved them.

Noting her parents were not “penniless”, Alicia stated that Diane and Robert made choices she disagreed with. She eventually gave up and stopped petitioning the courts to take control of these two very intelligent, independent and capable adults.

Her parents were “united, intertwined forces, determined to do their things their own ways,” she stated. “knowing they had each other—battling them the way i would have had to in order to do this truly felt like it would have destroyed them.”

Shortly before their death, the heat in Robert and Diane’s home went out, according to Alicia; she said she “will never understand how or why they made the choice not to tell me this.”