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- I’m 19 and I got married six months ago to the love of my life! We have a great relationship despite how young we are. There’s one problem though: my husband’s job. His shift is 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., six days a week, and when he is not working, he’s sleeping, so he has no time for me at all and it’s killing our marriage. We spend maybe eight hours together a week. I’m feeling extremely alone. I know it’s not his fault because he has to keep this job to support us, but the very thing that is supporting us is tearing us apart. What do I do? Please help.
- There seem to be so many problems in my life right now that it’s hard for me to keep my faith. What’s the best way to get through difficult times?
- My husband has stage 4 cancer and is in constant pain. A big worry for him is my being alone in life after his passing. Several months ago when the subject came up, I told him that while I’m not a prophet, I know I’ll be OK. I’m a social person. I have a nice support group with various organizations, and I’m close with family and co-workers, etc. Four months ago, a high school friend and I reconnected. We have shared many conversations and have built a meaningful relationship. The gnawing question is, do I share this information with my husband now, wait until he mentions his leaving me alone again, or say nothing? There is a fine line here between putting my husband’s fears to rest and potentially making him feel he will be easily replaced. This is not a topic I feel comfortable sharing with my friends. I’m curious what other women have done in similar situations. Do they explore the new situation, have an affair or maintain a celibate relationship? Your response will help with some of the stress I’m having at this juncture.
- How do I forgive myself for staying with my husband “for the sake of the kids” and because I was afraid of him? Our children are teenagers now and both suffer from low self-esteem and depression. We lived far away from any family while they were growing up, and I was financially dependent and scared. I realize now that it wasn’t the right thing to do. My husband is trying to do better, but the damage is done. The relationship between our children and their dad is very strained. I don’t know how to move forward. Any advice?