I found out my husband was cheating on me a few weeks ago. I

I found out my husband was cheating on me a few weeks ago. I’ve been out from work for almost 3 weeks now. I can’t function. I am really struggling with the depression. I have no motivation to do anything. My husband is remorseful. He was meeting up with married men and masturbating and watching porn. That’s how he was able to justify his behavior because he wasn’t actually having sex. I don’t know if I believe that or not, but his behaviors show he is remorseful. Initially, he was upset because he was caught, but there has been such a shift in empathy that I think I want to believe him. I really do. I love him more than anything. I keep telling him the pain is great because the love is great.

I can’t stop crying though. I want to go back to work, I don’t think it is healthy for me to stay home, but I’m also terrified he will go back to his old habits once the wound has started to heal.

I don’t trust him. He has manipulated me so much that I don’t know what’s true or not. I am so confused. I am so angry. I feel so alone. I feel like I can’t talk to anyone because people can be so judgmental of cheaters and I don’t want anyone to think of him differently. Even if. I did talk to someone about it, I don’t think I could share the whole truth because he was spending time with married men. I know and accept his bisexuality but others may not.

I just feel so incredibly alone. We have a marriage counselor, he is seeing an individual counselor, I know I need to see a professional as well, but I can’t afford it. I am a social worker and have worked as a mental health clinician, I know everything I need to do but I can’t f***ing do it.

I don’t know how to do this. I don’t know how to not feel like sh*t about myself. I feel so terrible. I feel like someone who loves you couldn’t/shouldn’t be capable of this. How can someone love you and hurt you like this. How can I ever trust him again. How will I ever feel good about myself again. How do I learn to feel like I have value again? I am so humiliated. I am so humiliated. I am so humiliated. When is this going to feel less painful. I don’t want this pain. I don’t deserve this pain.
Someone please tell me how to get better, I am so lost.

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@Tropicalstorm we are doing marriage counseling. And I’ve asked my husband to do individual counseling. I was handling things better than I thought I would at first. Now, not so much. I have reached out to my trauma specialist and I am waiting for her to call me back.

I am struggling most of the intrusive thoughts. It has started journaling, but the pain I feel right now is so exhausting. When I do journal, it usually takes a significant emotional toll on me because I realize so much more. I just can’t wear any more pain now.

Kas1966's picture
Sep 21, 2022

@Cheatedanddefeated ((hugs)) I know. Some days just kick you down but you got this just breathe!

KatieCrunch's picture
Sep 24, 2022

I really do understand and yes it’s **** and so unfair!
I wished I could take a pill to wipe out any memory of it because it hurts so dam much!
The tiggers are the worst for me! Storyline on tv or some old photo that creeps in on my memory time line..
But my husband like yours has taken full responsibility! He’s trying so hard and I do recognise that!
Sometimes I need to sleep alone to get some space and he now understands that!
He’s trying to answer the most difficult and awful questions I ask him almost daily.. it’s not a easy ride But we both want this to work and slowly very very slowly I think it is..
I will never get over this but I need to learn to live with it
It’s early days for you but if he’s as trying as you say.. maybe just maybe you can work this out too
Good people make stupid choose/mistakes too


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