I'm brand new here and like most never thought I would be posting on a forum like this. Please forgive my long hand as I am not really up with all the shorthand lingo
My title says it all..... I received a message on Facebook 18 days ago from a woman claiming to have slept with my husband 22 days ago.
A little background. My husband is active duty military for 16 years. We just had our 15 year anniversary and I have been with him through his entire career. I have never ever thought of him straying. Our marriage isn't perfect as we all have ups and downs. We were essentially happy.
Anyway back to my story. My husband had been away for a week due to school for his job and one messages rocked my world.
She messaged to to tell me about a man she met at a bar, same last name but different first name. She gave me details about conversations which were pretty much exagerations of truths. He has my initials tattooed on his ring finger and he explained that away as he was once married, but the military lifestyle had taken a toll on our marriage and we divorced. He said he had no children to which we have 2. He made up new, but not so different life that just didn't include me or my children. She then told me that they went back to the hotel he was staying and ended up sleeping together.
As soon as I got this message I called him and asked who was this Woman? He had told me that it was some scorned chick who was mad that he rejected her advances. I wasn't completely convinced so I messages her back to ask for some confirmation.
Then he called me back. And confessed to everything. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I was in shock. I was shaking. I was sick to my stomache. He was bawling and apologizing profusely. He said that he had way to much to drink and was just lapping up the attention he was getting from his made up life. I couldnt take it. I hung up. I didn't sleep all night. I shook all night. I cried all night. How could he pretend we didn't exist? How could he be with another woman? My mind played out my own version of his massive betrayal. I didn't like what I was seeing. It was then that I knew for my own sanity I wanted every single nitty gritty detail. I wanted it all no matter how much it hurt.
I had no one to talk to. Until he told. Me that he told his mother. I didn't want to tell anyone, I felt it was his truth to tell, not mine. So I talked and cried with his mother. She made no excuses for him and she told me she would stand by me no matter what I decided to do. I had to talk to him now though.
I asked for everything. What they talked about, how things happened, what were they wearing, every little detail you can possibly imagine I asked for and got.
He wasn't due back from school for another week and to be honest I think that helped most with my decision to work things out. If I had to face him right away I think I would have felt differently. If I felt he wasn't being honest I messages her to ask. Which was probably the hardest thing ever. I trusted him so completely and I had to rely on the other woman for confirmation. Unfortunately there are things he doesn't remember and I only have her to rely on. I hate that I don't hate this woman. I feel like I should, but I see her as much a victim as I am. She had no idea who she was getting involved with.
Thankfully protection wash used, and since he wAs clipped years ago there is almost zero chance of a pregnancy.
He says that he knew what he ws doing and the guilt got to him mid act and he couldn't keep going. He said he stopped,but not soon enough.
For the next 4 days we spent hours and hours talking. We really hadn't talked like that in years. That helped a lot. The day he came home ws nerve racking. I didn't know how I would react face to face. Could i touch him? Could i kiss him? Would we sleep n seperate rooms? Would sex ever be the same? We've pretty much been talking nonstop since the day I found out.
I have to say that finding out from her was probably best. He says he didn't plan on telling me,but didn't know how he could lie to my face. I think the time away really helped, I think knowing every single detail has helped. I needed to know that it wasn't the same. He didn't do things the same with her. I told him the things that he did do will either never happen again or take a really long time for me to get over.
I'm hopeful that we will continue of this good path. He is utterly remorseful and profusely claims nothing like this had ever happened before nor will it happen again. Call me crazy but i do believe him. I just struggle with my own mind. I have forgiven him, because I felt it was right and he wouldn't be able to work on forgiving himself until he knew I forgave. He knows I don't fully trust and I will have questions for a while.
He returned back to school today for a couple months but will be returning hme on the weekends and knows that I will be "watching" him. He's willing to submit to anything I ask of him and do anything that I need to help me fully trust again.
Thanks or reading my long winded account. Feel free to ask me anything.