So much has changed. I have changed.
In fact, I’m unrecognizable these days, especially to myself.
Let’s start with my very last post regarding breast cancer.
I went in to see the specialist who said it was nothing. Strangest thing. It didn’t show up on the ultrasound or anything, yet you could feel them with your fingers. I still can; they’re still there. I’m keeping an eye on them just in case they start to get bigger. Cancer scares me a bit given my family history and the people I’ve lost to it.
It was a tough year last year. Tom and I went through a lot. Though it was slightly better where we were staying, it was still very tough. We had our 10th wedding anniversary on August 6th. We had dinner reservations, a hotel booked and planned to go to a movie. His cousin was getting married the weekend we had that planned, of course we went. I brought my camera to get some extra experience. Unfortunately, Tom ended up drunk. We had to stay at his other cousins house after he wanted to drive home drunk with the kids in the car. That was obviously not okay with me! So that hurt to say the least.
We moved into an apartment the 1st of October. Shortly after that, I met a lady who lived on the bottom floor with her 3 sons. We have become very good friends, as are our children. I started to spend a lot of time with her and then it was like the fog cleared from my brain and I was finally able to see what exactly Tom had been doing to me over the past 16 years. All the words, the actions, the control, the gas lighting, etc. It was having a strong, confident friend that made me realize he was treating me like I was worthless.
I got angry. By angry, I don’t mean yell about it and take some time to breathe. I mean angry like treating him like complete shit, not staying home and simply not caring at all about his wants and needs. At this point, he started changing his ways and is who I needed him to be when we started this relationship. He’s caring, he listens, he’s helpful, thoughtful, etc. But regardless of all this, I couldn’t help but be that angry with him. How could he do that to me? How dare he show our kids that that was a normal, healthy marriage?!
The end of October, I started talking to another man. We had met by showing him and his girlfriend our house that we’re selling.
Anyway, it was just friends. We had coffee a couple times. We spoke all the time though. All the time as in from about 8am to anywhere between 2-4pm on and off while he was at work, 5 days a week. We formed quite the friendship and of course, feelings formed there. More strongly for me than for him. He says he cares about me more than he should, but I think I might have fallen for him a little bit. Which was never my intention.
We last spoke at the end of December, and it was heartbreaking. I can’t believe how sad I was to have lost someone who wasn’t mine to begin with! We hadn’t spoken since the end of November but closer to Christmas, we spoke for 2 days. The last day, he had text me and we talked about our feelings and how we needed to stop.
The next day, Tom went into my phone and saw texts between him and I. I will not get into detail about what things he read, but it was enough to give him the thought that I was sleeping with the other guy.
He kept saying he doesn’t want to lose me and he wants to make it work. It actually felt good to see him fall apart on the kitchen floor. I know that sounds completely bitchy, but it showed me that he really did care about me. Rather than kicking me out, he dropped and cried and even hugged me as he cried hard. I feel like I at least owe him the chance for us to right our wrongs.
My problem is that I honestly don’t know if I can get over the past. And now he doesn’t trust me. He goes through my facebook, my texts, the call display on the phone, etc. He doesn’t want me going out with anyone which triggers memories of the past. He’s so clingy now too. It’s like he needs to have a hand on me at all times; my knee, hand, something. I’m used to getting the cold shoulder, for years, so now I feel smothered.
I’m just not sure how to deal with all this. I can tell you one thing, I’m never going to be that weak person I was before. He may not like me going out but I’m not about to be his prisoner again. If I didn’t want to try, I wouldn’t have stayed! I also still care about the other guy and I have no idea how to turn off those emotions. Don’t really want to say much about him. He has a girlfriend, we said we wouldn’t leave our spouses for each other, especially considering this was all accidental to begin with. Besides, if I were to leave, it would be to be on my own, not to jump into another relationship.
I’m trying really hard to figure out who I am, get to know myself because I don’t. I’ve been too busy trying to be who Tom wants me to be that I’ve completely lost myself.
We’re moving at the end of the month. This apartment is just too small for the 4 of us. It’s supposed to be our new start. We’ll see how this goes I guess.
We’re both going to start individual counselling, and move to marriage counselling after that.
Besides that, I’m going to go back to school!