Can anyone help me find a way to stop this pain.......

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Registered: 02-27-2013
Can anyone help me find a way to stop this pain.......
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Wed, 02-27-2013 - 9:48am

28 years.  Together since we were 16.  Married since 18.  3 kids, 2 grandkids and one more on the way.  Seemingly idyllic life from all views.  No sense that anything was wrong.  No suspicions and no warnings.  At least not that I can see just yet.  After I am into this for awhile, things may occur to me now that should have back then.  So husband gets text message on early Friday morning.  Saying if he (this person) only knew his wife's number he would clue her in and he can have this woman (his girlfriend?) because he is done with her and three strikes you are out.....blah....blah....blah.  Husband passes it off as prank or wrong number and I almost believe him.  Accept when I call the number from my own phone, I get a message pops up that says Can't talk now....text me.  Without going into details too much, curiousity got the better of me and I asked my daughter to see if she could find out more about the phone number.  Where it was from, etc.  Well, that was a horrible mistake, because she ended up finding out more than she ever should have and our worlds will never be the same.  Turns out this is a woman who used to be married to an old friend/co-worker of husband and he has known her for 16 years.  Apparently, after she broke things off with her guy 9 or 10 years ago she began texting and emailing my husband.  And according to him it was completely platonic until the past year when text messages were all sex related.  He swears there was no pictures and he swears no email.  He also says there was no actual phone calls.   I am supposed to believe this whole relationship was via text.  Now this woman lives two states away.  He also says she never came here and he never went there and there was never any face to face.  He says he has not laid eyes on her for years.  Now......what do I do with that information?  Because I am supposed to believe that you are holding a secret relationship in which there is no physical and no visual or even verbal contact for eight or nine of the first years of this and then only texts for the past year?  And yet, it was so important that you had to hide it from me and it turned sexual for what reason then?? He says he felt ignored and I didn't want sex as much, etc. etc. and she was someone to talk to.  Well, I am just dumbfounded and hurt beyond any belief.  I cannot believe anything he says, I cannot even believe this happened at all in the first place.  Honestly of all people in the whole world to cheat, he is the last one I would have thought ever would have done this.  I feel like I cannot stop this pain.  I shake constantly and have a permanent lead balloon in my stomach.  I have not thrown up, but feel that I could at any given moment.  And the worst thing of all is my constant need to get answers and his constant need to tell me he is so sorry and he will try to make it up but he doesn't remember how it started and he doesn't remember details of their conversations.  Etc. etc. etc.  I constantly wonder if he is still doing it, where he is, who is he emailing at work, or texting while running to the store, etc.  And I have had the weirdest reaction to the whole thing.  I always thought I would never tolerate cheating, but I am almost desperate to keep him to the point that I am becoming a whole different person.  I have basically thrown myself at him like a cat in heat.  I basically want to erase everything that happened and I am willing to do every dirty thing to make that happen  and then afterwards, I feel like such a piece of garbage.  I am so mad that this is happening.  I am so upset that I can't function and I am on this computer every waking minute trying to figure things out.  I am drowning and there is absolutely nothing to hold on to.  Insurance won't pay for counseling.  I can't afford it any other way.  I have no friends, because he was my whole life.  My kids are traumatized enough and I cannot go to them.  I could never ever kill myself because I would never put my kids through that hell.  Even though my husband was fine to go ahead with it putting us all in this pit.  But, I pray every single day for this pain to stop.  I cannot make it stop.  Can someone please tell me how to make this go away so I can move on?

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Registered: 03-26-2013

I understand how you feel. Just 3 days ago I found out that my DH, who is supposed to love me soo much, has been engaging in online affairs for the past 5-7 years. He can't be sure how long he's been doing it. Even better than that, he has been sending nude photos of me that we took when we were first married 20 years ago to literally hundreds of people. My face is not blacked out. I was represented as a slut he had to trade. Yes, he sent the photos to people who live nearby, but he doesn't know exactly who they are. On top of that, he lies continually about everything. He says that everyone I know lies to me to "protect me" and so that they don't have to deal with my reaction. So now, not only do I have no idea if the person waiting on me at the hardware store has naked photos of me that I thought were long destroyed, but apparently my entire life is a lie and I don't have anyone I can trust. Just last night he swore to never lie again. Today, he got the mail and kept a piece back. It was from one of those loan places. I asked what it was and he said "an ad". I asked to see and he told me "No" that "He didn't have anything to prove to me. It's just an ad". Well, guess what? It wasn't just an ad. He had been there to see about borrowing money. He says he changed his mind and this was a solicitation from them to get him to come back in. Then he proceeds to tell me that it's my fault that he lied to me. I was supposed to say "Is it an ad, or did you go there and try to borrow money. If you did, I will not be mad, just tell me". Really? Then I hear about how selfish I am because I don't want to go to our minister and bare all. His exact words were "You're a cold, selfish bitch". The next breath, he tells me how much he loves me and wants to save our marriage. We have 2 children, 1 is a preteen and the other a toddler, so things are complicated. I never thought this would be my life. He keeps saying that he never physically hooked up with someone, just carried on all of this for 5-7 years. I did cheat on him 13 years ago, before kids, admitted it to him when asked (though I admit he had to ask several times). I cut all ties and never looked back. I definitely would never consider doing so now that we have children. I am so hurt and confused. I never thought that there would be a possibility that my kids would be a product of divorce. Before anyone has a smart comment about "how could I not know" about his online life, know that he and I each have jobs with crazy hours. Very often we are not home at the same time. I am still deciding what to do. I do know that I can never trust him again. He shut down the email that he sent the pics from. There is no way now to find out everyone he sent them to. I live in fear that one day my kids will see them, even though they aren't explicit. How did I get here?

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