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Do I bin?

(306 Posts)
Feckthis Fri 16-Mar-12 23:18:43

I need some honest opinion here...please help. I've been with DH for many years, married for 13. 2 small dc. I'm trying to decide whether I've given it my all or whether I'm being a flake. I've got a degenerative disease. He's not so well either. He is very proud, hardly says sorry, quick temper. I'm quite passive-aggressive, been having counselling for depression (part of disease) and struggling to keep up with work, chores, life. Tendency towards martyrdom inherited from my mother, i admit. But DH won't talk about any of it, gets angry esp. when I broach the subject of cutting hours at work, picks away at housekeeping failures, is seemingly disappointed in me and his life. He's under pressure from work and family - I think he's depressed but wouldnt ever go see anyone, ever. But i feel so unloved, belittled and ground down. What can I do? I've tried to be positive so so many times my fecking cheerleader pompoms have worn out. What's the next move?

Ohmywow Sat 01-Apr-17 00:06:37

Hi guys, have name changed in the meantime but wanted to check in… We are still together and despite various ups and downs it's looking good. My health is slowly deteriorating but I don't feel alone anymore. And, my art is going great guns and my children have a good relationship with their father. Just about to start a new venture in my town offering studio space to emerging artists. Can't believe how far I have come in the last few years... Big thank you to everybody who helped me.

magoria Sun 03-Jan-16 12:11:03


Good luck for the future. He knows you are strong enough not to accept his crap so make sure he stays in his new form.


BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Sun 03-Jan-16 12:05:04

Well you're spot on that it has been a long road!

Nice to hear you sounding so positive, hope it lasts.

Great news about the painting, very best of luck with that.

Feckthis Tue 29-Dec-15 23:44:20

And...the art? Onwards and upwards, studying and selling. And loving it.

Feckthis Tue 29-Dec-15 23:43:13

Update : will you guys be disappointed? I hope not...I stuck to my guns. He moved out and we went to separation counselling. Only we didn't separate. He reset himself instead. He went into counselling for himself. He got antidepressants. Saw the light. I let him come back late summer and so far it's been brilliant. I haven't gone back to previous behaviour. I've stayed strong and been clear - the towels are still turquoise.

He is aware of what he almost lost and has recanted his previous persona. 6 months or so down the line and I'm starting to relax...I think we'll be OK. But it's been a long road.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Tue 02-Jun-15 08:59:10

Do you have to have contact? Can you just communicate through lawyers?

Take charge, push him away out of your life, you can do it.

Really lovely paintings.

rumbleinthrjungle Sat 30-May-15 19:02:44

Just read the whole thread. Very well done you for seeing the separation through.

Both the paintings you've shared here are lovely.

tipsytrifle Sat 30-May-15 16:05:53

It can't be mere coincidence that all these opportunities are opening up now that he has left your space. See what a black hole he was, draining any kind of life from you? And here Life is, sparkling in your hands - no matter how they ache. Soil and Art, academic progression ... darn it, woman, you just might burst with joy soon! flowers

AllThatGlistens Sat 30-May-15 15:30:47

Oh Feck this is such a wonderful update, I hope you can look back on your thread and see just how much progress you have made.

Congratulations on your settled new life, wishing you happiness and peace flowers

Feckthis Sat 30-May-15 14:59:15

blush re very kind comments on my drawings. Being able to paint is quite literally holding me together.

Feckthis Sat 30-May-15 14:58:10

I have just re-read the thread well the last year or so.. Why? Because he tried to press the reset button again… Only this time I know what he's doing. You guys are awesome.

tipsytrifle Sat 30-May-15 09:14:54

oh Feck that cat painting is utterly adorable! And you, dear heart, are awesome! No going back now - his bridges are well and truly aflame now, right?

Feckthis Sat 30-May-15 07:06:06

I hear you and thank you. I'm under pressure but holding out.

KikiShack Fri 29-May-15 18:27:24

Feck please have the strength to go through with it this time.
You're a talented, funny, resourceful and quite obviously lovely woman. But you've been going over the same old ground in this thread for over 3 years now.
None of this is or was OK. POF might be the deal breaker for you, I really hope so. The thought of you wasting another 3 days nevermind another 3 years with this abusive fucker is heartbreaking. Make it stop now.
Please please do not, whatever he says, give him one last chance. Read over this thread and see how many times you have given him one last chance already. He has gone over your final line time and time and time again. No more.
You can do this flowers

Feckthis Thu 28-May-15 05:55:11

Well, it was ok until I found DH has a POF profile. I found it this morning. So I have contacted my lawyer, ring fenced our savings till we can agree matters and told him I want to divorce. This is my line and he has crossed it.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Sat 09-May-15 10:40:24

Very good news Feck, stick with it now, don't waver.

I think you should at least have a deadline for 'not too long' otherwise you won't really be able to move on.

Best of luck with evrything flowers

hidingfromthem Fri 24-Apr-15 15:51:00

i'd call it a day.
and i wouldn't even brook any discussion with him about calling it a day.
i would contact my solicitor and start the divorce asap.

ATerribleBeauty Fri 24-Apr-15 13:42:49

Well done Feck, best of luck for your future.

Feckthis Fri 24-Apr-15 13:19:38

Some flowers for you all...

Feckthis Fri 24-Apr-15 13:16:36

Guys, I did it...hes moved into a flat down the road, he's not living here any more. WE HAVE SEPARATED.

The children now see him every day but in a good way, paying them attention, not shouting, angry and bossy, calmer and more loving. We have ground rules about when he can come over etc and, after a lot of hiccups, they are sticking and giving me certainty and security.

My illness is not brilliant at the moment but I'm taking the view that all this stress is bound to hit me hard and I need to pace myself. Now I'm not in a war zone I'm starting to look around me and decide what I want to do with my life. I've just been accepted to do a postgrad degree in art and my name has just come up for an allotment so good things are happening. Finally. Thank goodness.

I'm slowly putting my stamp on the house and changing old routines ... I went and bought bright blue towels as one of the first things I did because we'd always had to have grey ones (to make the bathroom look cool apparently...tosh, blue looks ace and cheers me up)

I've got a CBT counsellor and am starting to unlearn my behaviours and beliefs that I used to protect me and the boys. I am starting very slowly to reinvent my life to what it should be like. It's like walking into the sunshine.

He's got a counsellor and started seeing her last week after the NHS saw him, said he was desperate but it would be three months before they could do anything. He tried to say he'd wait but I said I'd start divorce proceedings immediately if he didn't see someone since our problems are down to his behaviour.

Have I filed for the big D? Not yet. I want to see where his counsellor gets him to but it's definitely a real option. He's not coming anywhere near us as a family unless he sorts himself out properly and I'm more than happy to wait a bit. But not too long.

Thank you again for your perseverance everyone. This has been going on for years but I've turned a massive corner now. No going back.

WineTasterExtra Wed 25-Feb-15 17:29:23

Love your bunny - you are very talented.

tipsytrifle Wed 25-Feb-15 12:39:11

I suspect that you have actually been very kind and gentle in your posts about XH over the last 3 years. Since you now describe it chillingly as like "sleeping with the enemy". OK he might have got worse and worse but perhaps you have seen it for what it is more and more too? I wish you the greatest of luck and strength. Reclaim your life, Feckthis.

Has he moved out yet?

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Wed 25-Feb-15 10:54:10

Pleased to see this, how's it going Feck?

Twinklestein Sat 07-Feb-15 13:17:27

OP, I've just read your thread, I wasn't here when you started it. I have to say it's one of the most heartbreaking threads I've seen on here.

You are clearly highly intelligent and talented and lovely, and you've let yourself be tortured by this dreadful abusive man for so long. He's been ruining your life. I say this because even now, it's not clear that this will really be the end, he may well manipulate you to somehow call off the divorce.

If you even consider stalling over ending this, please find yourself a therapist who specialises in domestic abuse - Women's Aid will be able to recommend.
It would do you good to find one even if you do manage to divorce, to process the trauma you've been through.

And if it hasn't already been mentioned, you might try the Freedom Programme.

Best of luck. smile

hamptoncourt Sat 07-Feb-15 11:03:29

feck I posted about a year ago I think and said this

What he is doing to you ( repeatedly) is called "pressing the re-set button" When he can see you are seriously considering splitting, he turns on the charm offensive and convinces you to give him yet another chance. Then as soon as he is "safe" he reverts back to treating you like shit.

Nobody here will blame you for taking your time in making your decision but please think about what I said and how he has played you like this over and over again.

I hope for your sake that this really is the last time and you get the chance to live your life for you now smile

Has he actually gone?

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