I have no words of wisdom but that we ALL have felt this way at one point. It will pass. It may take time, but it will happen.
Sending you thoughts of strength and peace.
was not the best wife
^^^Being the best wife means you are seeking perfection. None of us is perfect. We have all made mistakes in our marriages, none of which are justifications to cheat.
Have you met with a doctor for some meds to help you cope? They will take the edge off of this nightmare, even temporarily.
You WILL survive this, focus on things that make you happy and motivate yourself to do them. Be gentle with yourself, this roller coaster can be a bitch, it's such a long, long ride.
All of us have felt the way you do, you will find that inner strength you never knew you had. It WILL get better.
I used to think I would rather be dead than go through this, in fact, until I just typed out that I too would rather be dead than go through this, I realized that isn't true anymore. I don't want to be dead. My husbands affair is not worth me being dead.
While I started this post to commiserate with you, and believe me I do, I just this second had an Ah Ha moment and I think I might actually be getting better.
You ah ha moment will come too. As the wise ones here always say, give it time. The wound will heal into a scab then finally a scar. And you will have overcome what threatened to kill you.
PM me if you like.
Of course, I still had to go through the almost unbelievable pain of finding out about an affair. His was seven years. I didn't think I would be able to get over it, but I pretty much have. Still a little tough sometimes, but mostly good. Much, much, better than prior to the affair.
Even though it feels so personal, they really don't equate the affair with hurting us. It is a totally selfish thing they do for themselves and tell themselves that it has nothing to do with us.
They learn better, but the damage is done.
I am coming up on year number three since dday, and it really is much better. It has taken a lot of hard work, some really rough times, and a lot of counselling, but I know we will stay together.
He chose the wrong path to deal with his unhappiness, just like my husband chose the wrong path. Ultimately it caused him more pain than it brought him happiness. He has to live with his betrayal. All I have to do is try and forgive him.