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How long should I have to pay for my mistakes??

Anonymous
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16 years ago, i cheated on my dh, we split up, we were split for 5 years, we got back together, he said he forgave me and we both agreed to put our past behind on and move foward with our relationship. 

Last night, we were out and I saw the guy I had an affair with, I pointed him out to dh, my thought was that if I didn't tell dh that I saw him there it would be like I was hiding something from him.

He was very upset, he said when I told him, that I was excited (?), that the past was being thrown in his face. We talked and talked last night. I told him that when we got back together we both agreed to put the past behind us and move forward. He had forgiven me or so I thought. I told him if this still bothered him so much that maybe he had never really forgiven me. I asked him how long should I have to pay for that mistake. When we split up my life was terrible ( I was not with the guy I cheated with, there was never a relationship there). I thought I deserved the bad things happening in my life becasue of the cheating. I hated myself for hurting my dh, I hated myself for breaking up our marriage. I was so depressed for many years. I felt I deserve all the things that were bad in my life. I was a terrible person, I didn't deserve to happiness. I really believe this for a long time. I was a mess. 

Finally I begin to forgive myself, I had to in order to continue living. When dh and I first talked about getting back together and him forgiving me, was when I could really forgive myself. If he could forgive me then I thought I could now forgive myself too. 

Last night when he felt so hurt, and seemed like he really hadn't forgiven me, I felt all that old pain, and self hatred that I had for myself during those years we were split up. I didn't deserve his forgiveness. 

Finally he held me and told me he was sorry, that he really would put it behind us, and that he loved me very much. 

Well I'm glad he feels better, but now I feel like sh*t! All that took me mentally/ emotionally, back to those years of punishing myself. I still feel so sad, I feel so guilty all over again, I hate myself for bringing that into our relationship. 

Can we ever really get past it? Can he really forgive me? Can I forgive myself? 

Where do we go from here? He is fine and talked it out and now is his normal self. I am left sad, upset, guilty, depressed----all over again.


Posted by Anonymous on Mar. 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM
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partingwhisper
by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 10:02 AM

i think i can understand his reaction. no man wants to see the man hhiswife strayed with. it does bring back all the pain of betrayal again. unfortunately he is the one who was wronged and you cannot dictate how long it takes him to fully get back to trusting you again and let the memories go. its going to take some patience on your part. 

yes you can get past it as a couple if you both work very hard at keeping everything open and honest at all times. but its gonna take time. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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I can understand your husband's reaction.
brettsmomma
by ~Tammie~ on Mar. 29, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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NEVER point the dude out!! are you crazy!!!!  Even if you literally bump in to the guy you act as tho you DID NOT see him. 

Other then that advice I want to say he took you back. He shouldn't bring it up either.

alexsmomaubrys2
by Ruby Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM
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Quoting brettsmomma:

NEVER point the dude out!! are you crazy!!!!  Even if you literally bump in to the guy you act as tho you DID NOT see him. 

Other then that advice I want to say he took you back. He shouldn't bring it up either.

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jessimicuh
by Gold Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM
I understand your husbands reaction, and I honestly think you'd feel the same way had the tables of been turned.

I'm sorry that it brought back pain on your behalf as well. He was a man and talked things out with you in the end.. be glad he did that. ::) Just continue to go forth in your relationship with him.
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parentalrights1
by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM
On one hand he is the victim and can take as long as he needs hole you have to take it.

On the other hand he willingly chose to forgive and forget on his own after five years so he should be done with all that
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Aydans_Mommy
by Platinum Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM
I agree

Quoting brettsmomma:

NEVER point the dude out!! are you crazy!!!!  Even if you literally bump in to the guy you act as tho you DID NOT see him. 

Other then that advice I want to say he took you back. He shouldn't bring it up either.

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Aslen
by Ruby Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Yeah i got nothing.
If you truly forgave yourself, his reaction wouldn't matter. This is all on you, not him or anyone else
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CampClan
by Platinum Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

As a woman who has been cheated on I too can understand his feelings. I don't think I will ever get past my ex's most recent affair because of the fact that they have a child together & they are now moving in with each other. I will have to deal with that hurt for the rest of our lives. 

You are lucky- you did not have a child with this man & the chances of you guys running into him again seem very slim. 

MommyLehr
by Veronica on Mar. 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Maybe you guys could try counseling?
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