A Single Mom’s Journey of Healing From Narcissistic and Physical Abuse

Category: Domestic Violence (Page 2 of 2)

Domestic Violence: Why Would Anyone Stay?

A Personal Story of Domestic Violence and Why I Stayed – Part 1

Domestic Violence
Love Shouldn’t Hurt

He and I sat there and grimaced, watching the news report on a domestic violence incident. A woman was hospitalized in critical condition because she had been beaten so badly by her abusive husband. “What a horrible man,” he said, then a long silence, followed by “Why would anyone stay?” I replied, “I don’t know. So sad.”

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Why so morbid, you ask?

That’s because less than a year ago I wrote a letter titled “If you find me dead…” I was in a state of mental chaos. I was being told by two different men that I was terrible for not “being on their side.” That image of a child’s arm being pulled by one parent and the other by the other parent, that was me. Except I was the one in the middle. My emotionally abusive ex husband and father of my children telling me I am worthless and to kill myself on one arm. On the other, my “physically abusive but only while using alcohol or drugs, otherwise he’s great, live-in” boyfriend. Both telling me how they can’t believe I won’t take their side.

I knew that if my life continued like this, I would either end up dead at the hands of my now ex-boyfriend or by taking my own life because I couldn’t handle the emotional abuse I had been enduring over the past years.

Why am I writing this?

Almost daily I see on Facebook or on the news something about abuse. Sometimes it’s needing advice about a terrible narcissistic ex trying to ruin your life, sometimes it’s stories of domestic violence. Whatever your story is, someone else has been through it and has survived. At the time, I felt I had no one to share my pain and story with, because no one else I knew had gone through what I had. I was too afraid to tell my friends and family for fear of judgement. I had no one to go to. So I spiraled into a deep depression. I felt hopeless. My goal is to reach women like my myself, that feel hopeless and show them, that they are not alone. That they too can grow and help themselves. I still struggle daily and I am hoping this will continue my growth towards healing myself, ending the stigma of mental health, give a voice to victims of domestic abuse, and shedding a light on emotional abuse.

Journey of Healing From Narcissistic Abuse

Narcissistic Abuse. I am one of the lucky ones; not only did I marry an emotionally abusive Narcissist, think Donald Trump, I then fell madly in love and lived with a physically abusive Narcissist. Here is my journey of introspection, healing traumas from the past and present, and growing as a person. Mixed in w a bit of sarcasm and dark humor.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.

Izaak Walton

“I’m Sorry You Feel That Way” – Learning How to Feel Your Feelings

Feeling Your Feelings

It might seem childish on my part to be so bothered by it; but taking my brother (and his significant other) on vacation and not inviting me has been a reoccurring theme that has happened 10 times in my life. It has lead me to have a resentment and strained relationship with my parents and my brother. It also has lead me down this path of introspection and taught me a valuable lesson. 

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