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User Topic: Care to Share what you Did Right?
MakingMyFuture
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Default  Posted: 2:17 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

In honor of the 'if you could do Dday over' thread...thought I would pose the opposite.

What did you do RIGHT on Dday or After?

I made it clear I had evidence and insisted on a divorce if he wouldn't talk to me/continued denying- without telling him what evidence I had-- so he ended admitting more than I knew

I insisted on IC/MC.

I read, "I love you but I don't trust you", and "Should I stay or Should I go"

I installed keylogger software which gave me passwords for everything (email, facebook, online cell phone bill)

I gathered evidence and provided it to the APs BW

I went on a personal trip and reconnected with various friends

I changed to a less stressful job that has me home more often

I confronted him with evidence whenever I found it and forced TT until I knew I knew absolutely as much as possible.

I wrote an untraceable email to AP w/CC to APs BH explaining the additional photos/videos I had and explaining what I would do with them if there was any more contact

I made sure we spent some time together where we were NOT talking about what had happened, and trying to build new memories.

As an AA member, I never took a drink (just in case--because the last thing I was going to do, was give him ammunition for getting custody!)


When people show you who they really are, believe them - Maya Angelou

DDay 1 - 1/13, False Recovery Discovered more + Broken NC so DDay2= 7/14

9/9/14: filed for divorce

BW: 42 (me)
WH: 40 (him)
DD-10, DS-8


Posts: 127 | Registered: May 2014
hihn
♀ 43986
Member # 43986
Default  Posted: 3:04 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I am kind of disappointed there aren't more responses to this thread. I was hoping to read some. Honestly, I am in a angry funk right now. So thinking of what I did right just isn't coming to mind. But hope some SI members will contribute to this thread. It might kick me out of this anger towards what WH And OW tried to do to me before & after Dday. The selfish scum sucking dogs.


Me BS 58yo, Him WS 55yo, sex addict
DD#1 1/28/14 co-worker#1 1991
DD#2 2/8/14 co-worker#2 9/13 - 4/14,moved in with OW 3/9/14,moved out from OW 4/8/14
DD#3 4/10/14 22+ anonymous sex OW
Full disclosure 7/30/14 30+ sex parteners

Posts: 176 | Registered: Jul 2014 | From: colorado
Nature_Girl
♀ 32554
Member # 32554
Default  Posted: 3:21 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Weekends are notoriously slow in online forums, with summer weekends even more slow.

What I did right was:

* get myself into IC right away, going 2x a week. I needed to figure myself out, I needed to make myself a priority.

* went into intense detective mode immediately and DID NOT SHARE WITH HIM EVERYTHING I WAS FINDING.

* met with a divorce attorney for a consultation. I did not hire him, I just needed information. I also told my then-husband that I met with a divorce attorney. This scared the shit out of him because he realized I was not going to tolerate his shitty behavior any longer.

* began sharing what was happening with family & neighbors. Until that point I had become fully isolated from basically the entire world aside from my children. It was classic abuse isolation. I was determined not to be alone any longer.

* accepted that the way I'd been trying to handle things previously didn't work, that I needed to change my actions, and I was willing to do whatever was necessary to effect a different outcome.


Me = BS (Stay-at-home-mom)
Him = EX-d out (abusive troglodyte NPD SA)
3 tween-aged kids
Together 20 years
D-Day: Memorial Weekend 2011
2013 - DIVORCED!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJgjyDFfJuU

Posts: 10154 | Registered: Jun 2011 | From: USA
Vulcanized
♀ 33523
Member # 33523
Default  Posted: 4:55 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

What I did right:

* Told him to go NC w/OW on DD. Off course, he said he would, but didn't ... so

* Right back to the psychiatrist (prior lifelong depression issues)

* Starting detaching w/in 10 days or so

* Physically left him w/in 2 weeks

* Refused to take the blame for his A

* Quit drinking

* Calming kept pointing out that the S/D was due to his A and no other reason


Me: MH 40s; Him: MH 40s (I had RA)
OW: 30s, moron; one of many
M: 8 yrs
3/13: D'd
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Everything is as it should be.

Posts: 784 | Registered: Oct 2011 | From: Vulcania
BAMAC
♂ 39334
Member # 39334
Default  Posted: 4:57 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

What I did right was filing after DDay 2. Pretty much everything before that goes in the other thread.


DDays - 1/26/2013 | 3/23/14
Divorced 7/10/2014

Posts: 84 | Registered: May 2013 | From: TX
tl502
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Default  Posted: 5:10 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I demanded nc immediately. That day. My pride couldn't have taken anything else that day.
IC for him immediately, MC shortly after.
Detaching from him early on scared him of the fence.
Reading Not Just Friends.
Telling my friends for support.
Not telling people that couldn't support my recovery.
Reading SI.
Taking a better paying job let my h know that I was serious about going it alone if he didn't do his part. It also raised my own self confidence.


Married 30 yrs.
dd1 9/10/2011 ea/pa
DD2 3/25/2013 same ow, never stopped email and phone contact.
Putting the past behind us and moving forward together

Posts: 450 | Registered: Feb 2014 | From: tl502
SpecialK
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Default  Posted: 5:45 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I told him to vacate the premises and go live with his ghettolishus tramp and her baby daddy
I pulled out ALL the money
I cancelled his cards
I told his family
Since he dropped her like a rotten egg as soon as the crap hit the fan I didn't have to deal with that. But I did tell him he needed to "splain" to her clearly how he felt about her and what he did. I did write a very eye opening letter about her past/present, her lack of integrity and character to the preschool she volunteered at. I know they got it because of the final letter she sent!

Posts: 386 | Registered: Feb 2014 | From: Florida
kernel
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Default  Posted: 5:50 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I told everyone the truth about X. This made sense in my situation - he had abandoned me and the marriage and was letting everyone (me included) think it was because of depression over his health concerns. On D-Day, I told everyone the truth. I was not going to be a part of his lies once I knew the truth.


"On particularly rough days when I'm sure I can't possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100% and that's pretty good."

Posts: 5337 | Registered: Jan 2010 | From: Midwest
Feelthrownaway
♀ 33772
Member # 33772
Default  Posted: 5:54 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I told him if he wanted to get a second chance that he had to do these things.

Sign a postnuptial agreement giving me huge portion of his income if he cheated again, or continued with OW. It includes all forms of cheating.

He had to block her right that minute from everything. He had to give me all passwords.

I put a keylogger on his computer desktop. (I smashed his laptop..that falls under bad :) )

No passwords to be put on his phone ( I smashed his phone..my bad..bought a new one)

I gave him a second chance and he has worked hard to get me where I am thankful that I did.

[This message edited by Feelthrownaway at 5:55 PM, July 12th (Saturday)]


BW- 48
FWH-49
D-day- aug 16,2011
Married 23 years- together 25

What doesn't kill me, scars me.


Posts: 1254 | Registered: Oct 2011 | From: Down South
Jrazz
♀ 31349
Member # 31349
Default  Posted: 6:00 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Getting FWH to read How to Help Your Spouse Heal From Your Affair: A Compact Manual for the Unfaithful (by Linda J. MacDonald) was instrumental in his attitude adjustment, and Not Just Friends (by Dr. Shirley Glass) was also essential.

LISTENING to the veterans here at SI saved my bacon on numerous accounts. I avoided things like alcohol addiction and RA's by just coming here and getting out my feelings.


"Welcome the rawness of vulnerability as an opportunity to open." - Pema Chodron

Me: BW 35
Crazz: WH 33
Daughter: 4.5 Going on 16


Posts: 18703 | Registered: Feb 2011 | From: California
Arnold01
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Member # 39751
Default  Posted: 6:06 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Great question! Mostly what comes to mind are all the things I did wrong and figured out later, thanks to all of my SI friends.

The one big thing that I did right was - when I first confronted my husband after finding definitive proof of an affair - to keep my cool. It was like an out of body experience - I guess the shock and numbness kept me from reacting any other way.

I'm not suggesting in any way that people who discover an infidelity and react with anger, tears, screaming, etc. are making a mistake. What I am saying is that on that day and in that moment, my husband was expecting me to go ballistic...and he was ready to use that as an excuse for leaving me and as proof that his AP was a better person than his miserable, crazy, out of control wife.

My rage and screaming and tears came not long after that first day, but it was the fact that I could have a calm and rational discussion with my husband that make him realize that I wasn't as terrible as he'd told himself during the affair. It's what initially gave him hope of reconciling.

Might not be the right thing to do for everyone, but in our case my initial reaction was a big factor in what came next.


D-Day: June 2013 discovered two-month EA/PA
NC established: August 2013
Reconciling

Posts: 121 | Registered: Jul 2013
TheGarden
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Member # 40788
Default  Posted: 6:23 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Snooped and read his emails (found out that it was actually a year-long progressive EA, not just a one-time "mistake")

Insisted on going NC immediately

Made it clear from day one that I was not afraid of the possibility of hefty-bagging his shit and visiting the divorce lawyer

Searched for and found an out-of-state job

Made pragmatic stuff like readying the house for sale a priority, just in case things got worse

Never hesitated to share what I was feeling, even when that meant shouting, furious anger, tears, telling him some unpleasant truths in no uncertain terms, etc. He was aware from DDay onward *exactly* how his affair affected me. I personally think this was the #1 most important factor in improving his rectal-cranial inversion and his leaving the rainbow-unicorn-farts fog for the Land of Remorse. Not feeling like I had to temper or stuff my emotions during our post-DDay discussions also contributed to me having enough emotional stability at other moments to get my life in order (e.g., finding a job, finishing my Ph.D. dissertation). I also allowed myself to completely feel positive emotions when they happened, including HB.

Refusing to submit to anyone else's notions of when or how I should "get over it"

Outing him, the OW, and her husband to our entire circle of friends via social media. Everyone always says you shouldn't do this if you want to reconcile, but it's been a year and I still have never regretted doing it. It allowed me to control the narrative before people started wondering and gossiping about why we weren't all friends anymore, it shone the cold spotlight of reality on everyone's bullshit behavior, and it meant that I didn't have to add the burden of "pretending" around other people to my already difficult life circumstances. I also got a lot of social support after the fact that I would have missed out on if I were hiding it from people.

Reading Not Just Friends (he did too)

Coming to SI (wish I had done that from Day 1, but it took me a few weeks to find my way here)

I did not go to IC, MC, or take antidepressants (for various reasons that I don't want to get into in this post, but you can read other people's IC/MC horror stories all over SI). This is not a choice for everyone, but it was the right one for me.

I also made some mistakes after DDay that I wish I could go back and change, but that's for another thread.

[This message edited by TheGarden at 6:31 PM, July 12th (Saturday)]


Me: BW, 39, Him: WH, 43; married 9 years, together 13 years
DDay:July 2013; EA progressing to a PA
APs: ex-"friend" & her enabling polyamorous husband
Status: Dual-income-no-kids, 2 cats, taking it day-by-day, married till we're not

Posts: 61 | Registered: Sep 2013 | From: Florida
GetEvenInAZ
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Frustrated  Posted: 8:06 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Idid absolutely everything WRONG after every DDay. Mostly i accecpted the blame for not beinga good enough [fill in the blank]. And then rugsweeping! Must not forget we WERE both master at it!

I finally started doing things right 1/17/2011 when i googled ILYBINILEY. Holy scheisse! What a revelation! That also happens to be when found SI!

Due to revelation started having full blown panic attacks, so got into IC. Told her symptoms without background and immidiately diagnised as PTSD. The 3 1/2 yrs since has been both the hardest thing ever done and most rewarding. Not only for dealing w idiot unremorseful WH, but also job and friends and family and kids.

Learning i am not responsible for other people. I have to own my own shit,but not everyone elses. Make time for me. Support others but don't do it for them. Honesty with feelings. The list goes on and on!

I have a long way to go, but i now barely recognize the person i used to be, in a very good way!

Notthst i'm doing everythingright now,butI at leastnow recognize the BS and din't


Me: BW (44)
now xH (44)
20 yrs, 2 wonderful kids, and up to 5 - make it 6 DDays

Posts: 287 | Registered: Jan 2011 | From: gilbert AZ
GetEvenInAZ
♀ 30891
Member # 30891
Frustrated  Posted: 8:07 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Idid absolutely everything WRONG after every DDay. Mostly i accecpted the blame for not beinga good enough [fill in the blank]. And then rugsweeping! Must not forget we WERE both master at it!

I finally started doing things right 1/17/2011 when i googled ILYBINILEY. Holy scheisse! What a revelation! That also happens to be when found SI!

Due to revelation started having full blown panic attacks, so got into IC. Told her symptoms without background and immidiately diagnised as PTSD. The 3 1/2 yrs since has been both the hardest thing ever done and most rewarding. Not only for dealing w idiot unremorseful WH, but also job and friends and family and kids.

Learning i am not responsible for other people. I have to own my own shit,but not everyone elses. Make time for me. Support others but don't do it for them. Honesty with feelings. The list goes on and on!

I have a long way to go, but i now barely recognize the person i used to be, in a very good way!

Notthst i'm doing everythingright now,butI at leastnow recognize the BS and don't accept it anymore.


Me: BW (44)
now xH (44)
20 yrs, 2 wonderful kids, and up to 5 - make it 6 DDays

Posts: 287 | Registered: Jan 2011 | From: gilbert AZ
Ostrich80
34827
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Default  Posted: 8:14 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I was diligent in confirming what I had suspected for two years. Let me tell you, this guy was am expert at covering his tracks but I did not give up until I finally figured it out.
On DD1, I did the right things. I was angry which is the only time I will actually speak up. I took charge of the situation and told him to pack his shit because I wanted him out When he begged to do whatever I said to stay, I told him he had to go to mc with me, go NC with ow, see ic about his anger issues.
My f**k up was not enforcing any of the above.
My next right was finding SI. If I had found SI sooner I would have made him leave when he didn't follow through.


BS..me
WS..him
Been with him over half my life
4kid
DD1 10-01-09 DD2 02-12-12 discovered it never ended
OW..nothing special. Just your average skank
Status..#$%@????

Posts: 5277 | Registered: Feb 2012 | From: midwest
Want2help
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Default  Posted: 8:32 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My Dday was a little different, I got a call from an unexpected tipster, and busted FWS and OW together.

What I did right way:

Stay clam, while FWS freaked out.

Didn't fall for his gas lighting ("I love you, I'd never be with her, you're crazy! It's just a coincidence!")

I didn't play into the drama OW was trying to create by taunting me, I maintained my smug, confident, "I am better than you, bitch." composure when dealing with her.

I didn't break down until I was safely on the freeway, miles away from them.

I packed up his shit and 180'ed him so hard, and went about my life as though I was unaffected, and didn't respond to any of his fishing attempts until he dumped OW and made a sincere attempt at reconciliation. Then I insisted on transparency, IC/MC, and absolute NC (this was a month or so before she showed up pregnant).

[This message edited by Want2help at 8:32 PM, July 12th (Saturday)]


BS- me.
FWS- him.
DDay 6/07 (immediately separated)
RDay 8/07
OC born 3/08
OC Adopted 2014

Reconciled


Posts: 2356 | Registered: Aug 2008 | From: PNW
mhca
♂ 41920
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Default  Posted: 10:58 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I did very little right. The list of wrongs would fill pages. But here are a few rights:

- got into IC immediately
- did not start drinking (12 years sobriety intact)
- mostly kept it together in front of the kids, except for when they saw me crying
- confided in my father who has been a great help keeping me sane
- did not quit my job (came close)
- kept investigating to uncover what I hope is the whole truth after months of TT
- kept my options open
- only two episodes of losing my temper and shouting, and no physical violence
- got a good sleep med, mostly sleeping ok
- allowed myself to feel the pain instead of suppressing it


Me: BH 47 STBXWW 47 (Lklb5)
M 19 years, DS 15, DS 11
DD#1: 12/24/2013
TT/Broke NC/False R
DD#2: 4/15/2014
TT 4/23, 4/24, 5/31, 7/19
Divorcing

Sample recovery plan, feedback welcome: http://www.survivinginfidelity.com/forums.asp?tid=539961


Posts: 902 | Registered: Jan 2014 | From: California
badmedicine
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Default  Posted: 11:13 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

-I kept my cool.
-I called him a selfish coward. I'm still impressed that I saw it for what it was that quickly.
-I didn't give in and have sex with him before he got STI screening.
-I managed not to announce it to the world to give myself time to think.
-I pretty quickly figured out what I would need to consider this relationship. If only he had been able to do some of it....


"The wishbone will never replace the backbone." -Will Henry
"This wasn't just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it." -Dorothy Parker

Posts: 208 | Registered: Dec 2013 | From: United States
MystiKay
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Default  Posted: 11:27 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

One of the main things I did right, one of the only things was That I confronted him. I was such a people pleasure, I wouldn't say shit If I was on fire. That has changed big time for me.

I found the emails, video and naked photos and first thing I did was email her to stop sending them to my husband, then I texted my husband a photo of the picture, I called it my favorite, while he was at work. I then sat there and watched him delete everything in his email. I know that was bad as I didn't forward it.

What I did right was yell, and cry and call him names. That was right because it showed him my actual feelings.


Posts: 282 | Registered: Aug 2012
saturnpatrick
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Default  Posted: 11:35 PM, July 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Finding SI was about the only thing I did right. Once I found SI I was able to start following advice here. Before that though, not much I'm proud of.

I think I did the best I could at the time. I was totally unprepared and totally unequipped to deal with an A. Every mistake I made, I really was doing my best.

Now I'm saturn 2.0 Don't fuck with me now.

[This message edited by saturnpatrick at 11:37 PM, July 12th (Saturday)]


BH
I typo therefore I edit.

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