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  1. Thanks verdif, still figuring it out myself. Feel like I've opened the floodgates in a way. Hanging on though hoping this is a better way of being than the years spent trying to ignore it. Sorry for the trauma that brought you here too. Safe hugs to you too x
  2. Ian, thank you so much for taking the time to respond to me. So much of what you said makes sense. Like I say, I can see logically why I am where I am and have made the choices I made, but the feelings of guilt about things are hard to shake. I am such a harsh critic on myself, its been said to me by so many people who don't even know the half of how I feel! Perhaps because outwardly I am sorted. Very few people ever get to see behind the façade, in fact I have lied so many times about what my past that I forget who knows what. My r happened just a few months before I moved away from home to u
  3. So true when you say you work on it but cannot shake it. Know exactly what you mean. I have the logical bit of my head that knows how things were but deep down don't listen to that and default to the same feelings of shame and blaming myself for letting it happen. I had a bad night last night - woke up in the middle of a nightmare/flashback - almost always the same but worse last night as I'd taken a painkiller to help back pain and was sort of disorientated at first when I woke up. These are worse than ever at the moment, it's like by talking about it here I've stirred everything up. Wish it
  4. Thanks Phoenixxx. It does help to know other people have regrets too - though I'm sad for you that you know what this is like. I know I can't go back and change things but sometimes it floors me how fucked up I am in some ways - still have such rubbish self esteem and body image, and that definitely goes back to how things were at the time of the r and also how it happened that night and what happened in the immediate aftermath. I can see it but I can't change the fundamental way I feel about myself, if you know what I mean? I think I was incredibly grateful to meet my husband and to have him
  5. Hi Struggling and Looking, thanks for replying. Ive been deep in thought the last few days - been away by the sea as a family, I must have worn a groove in the sand the amount of walking I've been doing alone trying to order my thoughts a bit. Helps to hear from others and know I'm not losing my mind. Outwardly life has to keep on going on, feels there's no time I can set aside to deal with all this and figure out what I want - just have to keep on keeping on, being mum and wife and working blah blah. find reading on here and feeling understanding from you all is such a help.
  6. That's a good question. I wish I knew the answer! i would make the children and my husband happiest if nothing changed. For me, I'm less sure.
  7. I'm new here too. Another one who has not faced what happened twenty years ago until recently. The more I read the more I feel recognition. I am sure you will find support here, I've only just started posting but have had such lovely replies and I am sure you will too x
  8. Hi Aja im new here too and just wanted to say that I can totally relate to you saying you married a safe man that you were not attracted to. I'm going through that realisation about my own marriage now - 20 years after what happened to me and after an 18 year relationship only now starting to see what I've done and what happened to me. It's helped me to read what you've said and know I'm not alone, as I feel awful to my husband and family that I'm in this situation. So pleased for you that you've found someone you are attracted to and have built a new life with them. i'm so sorry th
  9. Thank you. It helps to have an outlet, I just go round and round in my head and don't really know whether to trust what I am feeling, if that makes sense? I feel I've built my whole life on a choice I made when I wasn't in the right place to make choices so important. I feel like I basically chose to hide away so I wouldn't have to go through having to trust anyone else. it's really hard to explain. I feel like I've missed out on so much because I was basically scared. And now I'm stuck, and still scared, but have just kind of opened my eyes and can see the whole fucking mess. I don't know wha
  10. Thank you for replying, it means a lot x I don't think I accepted it as what it was until recently. I thought I'd caused it, I was drunk. I think I'm only just processing it which is crazy because i feel I shouldn't be doing this now, so long after. Feel like I'm going nuts because no one knows, even my husband, because I've always been ashamed of the story, and I've no one to talk to except a guy who I think I am falling for and shouldn't be because I am married, who is an ex cop I work with now and has helped me see this for what it was. My life is a fucking mess. Does anyone else feel
  11. Thank you for your replies. It's somehow lovely to know people are out there, even though I wish none of us had reason to need this support. reading and recognising that other people feel how I feel has been unsettling in so many ways. I'm going through a really crazy period reassessing so many things I took for granted and I'm realising I've locked this away and just hidden for so many years in so many ways. Feel I've messed up in a lot of ways because I didn't deal with the R when it happened and have blamed myself for so many years.
  12. Hi I have been reading the threads here for weeks but haven't posted anything myself yet. It's been strange to even be on a site like this, taken me twenty years to understand what happened to me was done to me and not because of me and only now starting to get my head around the effect it's had on my life and my choices and where I am now. Head feels a mess in so many ways. Glad to find somewhere to come and do my thinking and to read that I'm not alone xx
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