My husband and I have been married just over a year, together for almost three. Things haven’t always been bad. There were fireworks and so much chemistry and passion in the beginning. We moved quickly but it felt right at the time. There were red flags along the way that I ignored. Frequent accusations that I was cheating, emotional outbursts, unstable mood. He struggles with his mental health but so do I and I wanted to fix him I guess.
Things got really bad over the last few months. He became incredibly controlling and possessive, monitoring me constantly, insisting I call him every free moment I had and getting mad if I didn’t. If he didn’t know exactly where I was and what I was doing, he would get mad. One time at work I had been busy all day meeting with patients and charting and didn’t have time to text him. He got so scared and upset that he called the front desk in my office to check on me. He was constantly accusing me of cheating on him. He needed to spend every waking moment with me and would get mad if I wanted alone time. He was so obsessed with me, but at the same would blow up at me constantly, accusing me of not loving him and sleeping with other men. He’d yell and scream, threaten to kill himself, threaten to leave me. He would drive erratically, tried to jump out of a moving car, hit walls and doors. I was terrified of him and did anything I could to calm him down. Then he would cry and beg me not to leave him and go right back to clinging onto me. I didn’t realize I was being abused until I found myself thinking through every one of my moves, getting scared if I couldn’t get to my phone, constantly worrying about his next blow up. I confronted him, which was probably a bad idea. He agreed that he had been abusive and promised to change, get therapy, honor my boundaries. I was hopeful.
Things were ok for a few days until last night. We went to a yoga class and I didn’t want to hold his hand at the end of it. I knew a blow up was coming and it did. He told me he was putting in all the work to fix this and how unfair it was that I wasn’t trying too. He tried to justify abusing me by saying I was neglecting him and his needs weren’t being met. He kicked me out of his car and left and I decided enough was enough. My dad came and got me immediately and I finally felt safe, for the first time in who knows how long. I got out.
My family, friends and coworkers have rallied around me and provided me with more love and support than I probably deserve. I’m wrecked financially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Everyone saw it but me. And despite that, I still wonder if I’m overreacting. He never hit me. Was I really abused? It’s a lot to process.
I’m hopeful for the future but scared at the same time. I love him so much but I know I have to love myself more right now. I guess I just needed to get it out of my head and into the universe. I’m so lucky for all that I have, but I still feel so broken.
Thank you for listening to my word vomit. I hope you all stay safe. ❤️