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User Topic: My life feels like an episode of Jerry Springer
iamsoblind42
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Default  Posted: 10:26 PM, January 18th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks for checking on me and keeping me posting. I am so glad I found this forum so quickly. My professional career has been in IT so I knew I'd be able to find a forum. I just did not realize I'd find one with so many great people. I'm sorry we're all here but it does help getting supportive posts and it feels good there are some that specifically continue to follow what's going on with me. It makes me feel like there is somebody out there in the universe that cares.

Dec15, your theory makes a lot of sense. I'll probably never know how it really came to fruition and probably don't want to. Poured all the mason jars of apple liquor down the sink yesterday.

The night time was the hardest for me. When the kids were in bed and the house was quiet. That was when I felt alone and the questions took over my thoughts.

Totally agree. Hoping I sleep tonight. May I wish us all sweet dreams tonight.


I'm a survivor, I'm gonna make it, I will survive, keep on surviving...

BS: me 42
WH: 48
2 kids
Married 18 years
D-day - 1/11/14
Filed - 1/16/14
Divorced 4/21/14
Walked in on WH and BF while her H watched


Posts: 209 | Registered: Jan 2014 | From: Colorado
yearsofpain25
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Default  Posted: 2:16 AM, January 19th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

In a airport thousands of miles away and still checking in. Dec15 sounds spot on. Keep it coming Blind. Try to smile with the kids today if you can


25 years and counting of pain caused by mother's infidelity. Aftermath: 1 deceased sibling, 1 lost family, 3 lost souls.
"Each new day I am just glad to be alive and have survived all that I did." Ashland13

Posts: 2184 | Registered: Jan 2014 | From: Northeast US
iamsoblind42
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Default  Posted: 11:43 AM, January 19th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

yearsofpain25 - I really appreciate you checking in. I promise, I'll still be here when you get back. Give your mind a break and have a good business trip.


I'm a survivor, I'm gonna make it, I will survive, keep on surviving...

BS: me 42
WH: 48
2 kids
Married 18 years
D-day - 1/11/14
Filed - 1/16/14
Divorced 4/21/14
Walked in on WH and BF while her H watched


Posts: 209 | Registered: Jan 2014 | From: Colorado
yearsofpain25
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Default  Posted: 11:51 AM, January 19th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Greetings from Galway Ireland!!! Just got to my room after more than 24 hours of travel and had a few pints of Guinness. When in Ireland...

You know we are worried about you Blind. I'm checking in because I want to check on you. I read back through the posts since I left. That's great that you FINALLY had a chance to speak with someone. I bet that was a HUGE step for you.

I'll probably still check in on you from time to time when I can. Can't help myself. That's the dad in me needing to know you are ok. Keep posting as your story continues to unfold. I'm pulling for you and your kids.

Later Blind.


25 years and counting of pain caused by mother's infidelity. Aftermath: 1 deceased sibling, 1 lost family, 3 lost souls.
"Each new day I am just glad to be alive and have survived all that I did." Ashland13

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Skan
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Default  Posted: 12:33 PM, January 19th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hey honey, I hope that you were able to get some sleep last night. And that you can have a good time with your children today.

Have you thought of seeing an IC yourself? I think that it would be greatly helpful to you to have someone IRL to talk to, who is focused on only helping you. Also, you may want to see about a family councilor for your children to help them process what's going on. When school starts again (if they are in school), talking to their teachers to let them know what's going on too, might be helpful for them. That way, if they really start struggling in school, the teachers have a context and can contact you right away.

Baby steps forward for you and the children, and NC with your louse of a spouse is the way forward. (((hugs)))


Imagine a ship trying to set sail while towing an anchor. Cutting free is not a gift to the anchor. You must release that burden, not because the anchor is worthy, but because the ship is.

D-Day, June 10, 2012



Posts: 4916 | Registered: Jun 2012 | From: So California
iamsoblind42
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Default  Posted: 1:02 PM, January 19th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Greetings from Galway Ireland!!!

Wow, sounds like there is a bit of fun on this trip as well as business. Good for you!


I'm a survivor, I'm gonna make it, I will survive, keep on surviving...

BS: me 42
WH: 48
2 kids
Married 18 years
D-day - 1/11/14
Filed - 1/16/14
Divorced 4/21/14
Walked in on WH and BF while her H watched


Posts: 209 | Registered: Jan 2014 | From: Colorado
Gemini71
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Default  Posted: 1:12 PM, January 19th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hello iamsoblind42.

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to find your post. I could literally be you, right down to the age. My story's on my profile and is sordid enough to zoom right past Jerry Springer into Telenovella territory. I completely understand the feeling of the emotional knife plunged into your heart by WH, and the knife in the back from Xbf.

My D-Day was in July, so I'm only about six months ahead of you. I'm still in survival mode, but I can see little rays of sunlight ahead. You will get there too.

You have been getting terrific advice from all the SI members. Whatever blame shifting or gaslighting your WH does, none of this is your fault. Your WS's and Xbf's behaviors have to do with their issues, not yours. You are doing an amazing job dealing with a totally unacceptable situation. Your kids are lucky to have you looking out for them.

Sending lots of hugs from frozen Illinois. ((iamsoblind42))


Edited to correct stupid typos.

Two steps forward and one step backwards, is still progress.


Posts: 1859 | Registered: Jul 2013 | From: Illinois, USA
risingfromashes
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Default  Posted: 3:03 PM, January 19th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

So sorry that this has happened to you. I too feel like I was living in Jerry Springerland. You have been so strong.
In addition to pulling his credit report I tossed the house upside down. Like someone posted this is usually the tip of the iceberg. Gather as much info as you can. Do you have a "family" computer? I cannot advise you to look at his personal computer or laptop because that could be considered illegal. But if was used family members take a closer look at it. Where did that money go? My ex was into gambling in addition to escorts. It has been my experience that addicts have more than one habit.

Another thought (that I am hesitant to suggest) is that if you want to know more about his infidelities he certainly is not going to give you info. But you can (only if you think it will help and not harm you to know) confront the BF.
You can tell her she owes you to at least give you as much info as she can. This was not the only time I would bet. There had to a reason why your WH felt comfortable walking in the room when he believed they were having sex. Chances are she might have info about his other affairs/behaviors. Her creepy husband most likely has swapped stories with your WH. Mine had a group of buddies on a site that described in detail all of their exploits. This kind of person likes to brag as sick as it is.

For me it was important to know as much as possible. This is not always the best thing for everyone.

Take care of yourself!


There is life on the other side of hell.

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TheGarden
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Default  Posted: 3:35 PM, January 19th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Wow, I'm really sorry.

I was/am in a very similar situation - we were best friends with a polyamorous couple (we were monogamous). Turned out my husband had been having an EA with the wife for nearly a year, and the other husband knew about the whole thing and not only approved of it but was actively helping the affair along. They were all planning to open my marriage without my knowledge or permission. I was the only one in the dark.

The whole thing fell apart when the three of them got drunk together, and it progressed to a PA. Turned out the OW's husband was there and encouraging my WH and the OW to do stuff together.

After the truth came out and we went NC, the other husband attacked and blamed me for everything. I was also told that I was a bad person for not prioritizing OW's feelings after DDay (nobody expressed even the slightest bit of concern about mine, however). I never got any explanation or any apology from either the OW/xBFF or her husband, either. It was like a door opened into Crazy World and I got sucked through. Five years friendship down the drain so WH and OW could drunkenly grope and grind on one another on a couch while OW's husband watched. Jerry Springer indeed.

Anyway, you are far from the only person who has had this kind of horrible crap happen to their marriage and their life. When you're ready for it, there is a Double Betrayal thread in the "I Can Relate" forum. *hugs*

[This message edited by TheGarden at 3:38 PM, January 19th (Sunday)]


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
iamsoblind42
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Default  Posted: 4:12 PM, January 19th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Sounds like they need to open a triple betrayal thread. There are far too many people that have experienced this type of betrayal. Really makes me sick and sad to know I am not the only one.

Literally in survival mode now. I have a checklist and just managing that from hour to hour to ensure my kids and I will be financially safe.

I feel like I have personal assets under control for now and proceeded to protecting my business.

I am still 100% owner of my company. I hired my WH as CEO in June 2013 but have remained as president and sole board of directors. I still draw a salary from the company and address high level issues.

I really don't want to take full control back as managing CEO but with all my WH's financial issues I am worried he will embezzle from the company. So far I have not found anything like that but he had only been managing a few months.

Will meet with an attorney tomorrow to get some further contracts in place to further protect.


I'm a survivor, I'm gonna make it, I will survive, keep on surviving...

BS: me 42
WH: 48
2 kids
Married 18 years
D-day - 1/11/14
Filed - 1/16/14
Divorced 4/21/14
Walked in on WH and BF while her H watched


Posts: 209 | Registered: Jan 2014 | From: Colorado
StillStanding1
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Default  Posted: 5:38 PM, January 19th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

(((iamsoblind))))

You are such a smart and capable woman. I know you are crumbling inside but you are maintaining a level-headedness in your approach and actions that is admirable. Really.

I'm not going to respond to every piece of this... There's just too much. I'm just going to respond on the pieces that I feel I have some similar experience with -- in hopes that it might provide some reassurance or whatever.

The WH taking the kids furniture shopping... I wouldn't worry about it too much. Honestly. My youngest DS (12 at time) helped my WH shop for things he needed for his apartment and helped him assemble things and move in. Slept over. It was very reassuring to my DS. He was the only kid who didn't know about the A. The other 2 wanted no part of it. The youngest needed to know that he would still be part of H's life and although it was killing me, I could see it was helping to calm him. And my worry over him was greater (typical mom reaction, right?)

My DS15 eventually spent a couple nights at the apartment. My DD17 has never been there and will never be. She's the most angry and devastated about this because she confronted him and he didn't stop.

Their different wishes for R vs. D brought a lot of extra friction into their relationships with each other and also with me.

Based on my own experience, I think it is probably reassuring for your DD to be part of this. And I think your DS is awesome to try to be strong to help her, despite his own feelings. I've seen that my kids have phased through different stages with this whole thing and are finally getting to where they are trying to support each other. Awesome that your DS is doing this from the get-go. Really. It's good for them, even if it hurts you.

Also, a big shift in their interactions came when our new MC/IC/FC wanted to see them all together. My DD was livid. She liked going to her own shrink and venting and hating on WH. DS15 didn't want any C. I told youngest DS about the A late September 2013. It was too likely he had already ascertained the story and I wanted him to hear it directly from me. He was almost 13. Kept it very age-appropriate, based on advice from MC/IC/FC #1. He was shattered, but bounced back and is very rational about it.

Having them do FC as a group had been amazing. They are relating better and not feeling so isolated in their emotions. New C has seen them once and wants to see them alone again. Full family FC will be later down the line. In the meantime, I can see how it's helping.

I'm not trying to t/j with my story, but hoping you may see something in my story that will help you with your kid's healing. I would highly suggest C for them. IC made my DD more angry and self-focused. Her shrink told her she could set "rules". It wreaked havoc on our family dynamic. The group approach, with a different mindset C, is working for us.

I can't tell you what's best for you... Just some more thoughts that you can use as you need or disregard.

I know how devastating it is when our kids become part of this nightmare. Like you, I want desperately to do the right things for them. Hard to give them the necessary first aid when you are lying on the floor hemmoraghing. BTDT. My DD was angry at me for that too. Be kind to yourself. Just like on an airplane, they tell you to put on your own oxygen mask first, then your kids. You can't truly help them first. YKWIM? Forgive yourself for having to do your own triage first. It's okay. You have time to help them heal. Be good to yourself first. Then start attending to their healing.

I know it's hard to see your family devastated by all this. First hand. I feel for you.

You've got double/triple betrayal on top. The pain is excruciating. But we are all here, hoping to help you through it in some way. We'll add little bits and pieces of our own experiences and sometimes (unfortunately) project our own feelings on to your situation... Please know that everyone here wants to help. Not judge. Not belittle. Not distrust. In your case, I think the clarification helped us better understand the likely situation between WH, AssH, and BFF. Like I wrote early on, it just seems impossible that this just "happened" spontaneously while you were gone 15-20 minutes. I think your added detail just solidified that for most of us. With that knowledge, we may be able to offer better insights. I hope that makes sense. Keep posting and talking.... And hang in there.

You. Will. Be. OK.


Me: 40s BS, Him: 40s WH
M 21 yrs - 3 teens
LTA = 2+ yrs, Dday = 2/10/13, he moved out, he officially moved back in 1/25/14 and our work continues...

Posts: 710 | Registered: Aug 2013 | From: MidWest
iamsoblind42
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Default  Posted: 7:31 PM, January 19th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Just got to opening mail for the week as I have been a little preoccupied. Guess what? Another credit card for my WH!!!

Now that we have legally filed for separation (they need an LS abbreviation) should I let him know it's here? From what I understand, from the moment we are officially filed I am no longer responsible for what he does.

Also, told my DS that he is not allowed to go to his BF's house as that is where my XBF and assH live. I told him his BF was welcome here anytime and he simply had to trust me for now that I would tell him more when I could. At first he asked my why but I simply said again, I am asking you to trust me on this one. He said ok. Hurray, I feel at lot less anxiety about that now.

As far as IC, I did that immediately. Literally left a dozen messages on Monday. I was on my way to the hospital to see if they had an immediate therapist when one called back and she said she was available right then so I drove straight there. I have been 3 times already. Kids are going on Tuesday.

As I have said before, I have a checklist and working that is what is keeping my sanity.

I did get a bit more sleep last night as well which is good. Had to bump from 2 sleeping pills to 4 but it did the trick.

So far no tears today...still in survival mode.

[This message edited by iamsoblind42 at 9:18 PM, January 19th (Sunday)]


I'm a survivor, I'm gonna make it, I will survive, keep on surviving...

BS: me 42
WH: 48
2 kids
Married 18 years
D-day - 1/11/14
Filed - 1/16/14
Divorced 4/21/14
Walked in on WH and BF while her H watched


Posts: 209 | Registered: Jan 2014 | From: Colorado
iamsoblind42
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Default  Posted: 9:30 AM, January 20th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Got physically sick again last night, long night. When does that stop? Want to go back to bed and pull covered over my head but have too much to do today.

[This message edited by iamsoblind42 at 9:54 AM, January 20th (Monday)]


I'm a survivor, I'm gonna make it, I will survive, keep on surviving...

BS: me 42
WH: 48
2 kids
Married 18 years
D-day - 1/11/14
Filed - 1/16/14
Divorced 4/21/14
Walked in on WH and BF while her H watched


Posts: 209 | Registered: Jan 2014 | From: Colorado
k94ever
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Default  Posted: 9:39 AM, January 20th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Blind, just hang on. This is a rollercoaster ride from Hell but we've got you.

BTW you are doing well so far. You are going to make it.


{{{hugs}}}


k9


BS: 56
WS: 53
Betrayed: 23 years
Affairs: 14 (2 lasted 3 months. Rest were ONS)
WS died: 16 May 2011
Do not stay in your hurt forever. Choose to move out of it.

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iamsoblind42
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Default  Posted: 9:59 AM, January 20th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks k9. I think I am coming out of a fog now and truly realizing this is real. I am not in a coma and this is not a nightmare. This is my life. THIS HELL IS MY LIFE.

Had a really good dream last night and then woke up and got physically sick.

I know whatever happens that a year from now things will look different and in 5 years from now maybe I'll even be able to be truly happy again. I just wish I could fast forward.


I'm a survivor, I'm gonna make it, I will survive, keep on surviving...

BS: me 42
WH: 48
2 kids
Married 18 years
D-day - 1/11/14
Filed - 1/16/14
Divorced 4/21/14
Walked in on WH and BF while her H watched


Posts: 209 | Registered: Jan 2014 | From: Colorado
doggiediva
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Default  Posted: 11:34 AM, January 20th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

You are so strong in the way you are handling things..I admire you..
Please, PLEASE, shore yourself up with all of the support(friends, family, support groups) that you can..

The immediate aftermath of this nightmare usually goes by in a blur because you are busy taking care of business (ex; your checklist)..

After the first year or two has gone by, don't be surprised if you get caught in the clutches of a debilitating depression..Anticipate for it, be prepared for it, and you may dodge a direct hit from this bullet..

I am glad that your kids are gonna be in counseling, this will help them verbalize and validate their feelings..

((((Hugs))))


Don't tie your happiness to the tail of somebody else's kite

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Skan
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Default  Posted: 12:14 PM, January 20th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I threw up for months. Literally months. In the beginning, multiple times a day. I rejoiced when I only threw up once a day. I was mentally high-fiving myself when it tapered down to 2-3x a week. This is a really typical way for your body to react to stress. Also having problems at the other end, so you may want to make sure that you have Imodium on hand as well.

If you're having problems keeping food down to where you're starting to drop weight too fast, get some complete nutrition drinks (Ensure is one brand, there are loads of others) and keep sipping that a bit at a time. It can help.

As to his mail, I'd just write "Not at this address" on it and send it back to the post office if he's not in the house any more. He fired you from being his secretary. It's up to him to get a mailing address, which he can do at any postal store.

I am glad that you are seeing a lawyer about your business. I'm sure it's obvious to you, but he cannot have any check writing or signature authority privileges for your business ever again. Given his financial infidelity, you know that at some point, he will try to raid the business. I'd also worry about him accepting any payments for the business as well, especially if you do any cash receipts at all.

Hang in there. You're doing great! (((hugs)))


Imagine a ship trying to set sail while towing an anchor. Cutting free is not a gift to the anchor. You must release that burden, not because the anchor is worthy, but because the ship is.

D-Day, June 10, 2012



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shatteredapart
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Default  Posted: 12:21 PM, January 20th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

{{iamsb42}} I've been thinking about you ever since your first post. I'm sorry you're in this hellish nightmare your WH created. You're so strong! Make sure you find someone to lean on. You need it hun.


Me-BS
Him-WS
EA(PA?) 10 months with COW
3 ddays-Sept '13, Oct '13, Dec '13
Attempting Reconciliation...time and actions will tell

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Gemini71
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Default  Posted: 12:39 PM, January 20th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

For me, there seems to be three levels of reaction, the head, the subconscious, and the heart. The head is the first to catch up with reality. Its our logical survival mode. You've got that covered.

Next is the subconscious. Last month I started having dreams where I was yelling at STBXH for 'ruining real life', venting all the repressed anger. You will get there eventually. Finally, I've heard from others that the heart does recover eventually. For now, I just acknowledge that I can love someone, but not be with them.

This is a marathon. Do whatever you need to take care of yourself. The Ensure idea is great. I used Slim Fast because I could afford to lose the extra padding. I recommend therapudic trips to an Ice Cream Shoppe with the kids and hugs three times a day. ((iamsoblind42))


Edited to correct stupid typos.

Two steps forward and one step backwards, is still progress.


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iamsoblind42
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Default  Posted: 1:51 PM, January 20th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks everyone. Just got back from telling the employees at my company. WH actually was one to recommend we tell them as he suspected they knew something was up. He did not want to give them any details except that we were separating. I said I agreed to tell them but they we needed to say it was because of his infidelity. I don't want the employees thinking I screwed him over. He agreed. We agreed he would excuse himself from the office and I would go talk to them first. If he went first I knew I'd have to face them with eyes of pity and did not think I could deal with that. I think I handled it well and professionally making sure to reassure them their jobs were safe. My eyes teared up a couple times but I did not cry which is really good for me as I am one of those people that cries at Hallmark commercials. Another check off the list...

Oh, and I called the life insurance to change beneficiary to my kids and car insurance to split policies. I may have to publish this checklist later.

[This message edited by iamsoblind42 at 1:55 PM, January 20th (Monday)]


I'm a survivor, I'm gonna make it, I will survive, keep on surviving...

BS: me 42
WH: 48
2 kids
Married 18 years
D-day - 1/11/14
Filed - 1/16/14
Divorced 4/21/14
Walked in on WH and BF while her H watched


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