Journal Entry: Just put your arms around me and make everything alright……

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Journal entry: Thursday 9th June 2007.

I cried at work again yesterday, because of the thoughts in my head, about things I cannot change.

When I came home Danny and I were fine, but eventually I decided that he should know I cried at work. That I cry at work. The counsellor had told him that there would be things I would say that he would not want to hear.

I explained about the things in my head. He said that he didn’t cry anymore, but had waves of depression come over him – because he eventually feels he will lose me.

I had realised that Danny is my defence against my demons. That only he can drive them away, by putting his arms around me and just saying sorry.

If he wants to keep me he must have the courage of his convictions and fight his fear to keep me.

I reminded him again of the wedding speech and that I don’t feel he is a “loser.”

I feel we have moved onto the next phase. I am happy for the first time.


Reflections Here & Now

My first reaction to this entry was ‘Oh My God!’

We had so much further to go, we had not moved on to the next phase, we had not even begun this phase! I know that I just wanted it all to go away, I wanted to feel better, I didn’t want to feel this pain anymore, so I told myself we were getting better, I even wrote it in my journal!

I was lying!

The best advice I can give now, is that  you need to stop trying to make it go away, because in all honesty it will never ‘go away’. It happened it can’t un-happen! But over time the pain will go away, (if you let it) you won’t think about it every day (I know I thought that was never going to happen either!); and if you do all the things you need to like: accepting, listening, reflecting, understanding and so many more you will become stronger from something that won’t ‘go away’.

I know from reading other people’s stories, people who are going through what we went through, that they struggle so much with what they perceive to be their inability to ‘move on.’ With the hindsight of over eleven years since it happened to us I can only offer this advice: stop trying to make it move forward faster, you will just add to your madness!. Accept that you are on one hell of a ride, and it will go at its own pace, you have no control over that. As the great Lao Tzu says:

“let reality be reality let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like…”

Instead I held on to hope, we both did. There had to be hope or everything would be  lost. When I read my journal now I can see that throughout there was hope, I wrote it on nearly every page, in fact wasn’t my journal a book of hope in itself?

At the time I would re-read my entries and I couldn’t see any hope anywhere I could only see despair.  All I could see  was the pain Danny had caused me, and it was clouding my thinking to almost everything else.

I wanted Danny to know, over and over again, how destroyed I was, how he had destroyed me, made me into this person that cried at work every day; and I wanted him to feel as fucking bad as I did! (Yes I remember that emotion even now!)

I told Danny that I cried because I knew that it would upset him and add to his fear that I would leave.

More and more I was realising that we were never going to be what we were before. That what we had was dead, and I blamed Danny for destroying it;  and yet Danny just seemed to want to bury his head in the sand and pretend that everything was normal.

I can remember how furious I was with Danny when he told me that he did not cry anymore, how dare he! When I was crying all the time, in the car (the worst place ever for me and that did not fully go until I sold that car two years later!) in the shower, at work, on the toilet!

As the words go at that time  I expected him to “Cry me a river”.

I can honestly say now that the reason I was happy at that moment was because I had told Danny that I cried at work, that I had upset him, that I had made him feel as insecure as I felt and and that is what I wanted to achieve. I wanted to punish him, badly.

However even eleven years later, the damage I inflicted on Danny has still not fully gone away. Is that what I wanted to achieve? No, never.

I do believe that it is only natural to want revenge, to want to make the person who hurt you suffer for what they have done; but I wish I knew then what I know now, because that achieved nothing other than my loving husband never being able to forgive himself; and I don’t want that, I want him to feel better.

You will see in my story how I will often write in my journal how Danny needed to have the ‘courage of his confictions’ or needed to ‘step up to the plate’, or needed to ‘face his fears’. All are true.

I know that some people follow my blog in the hope that they can find ways to repair the damage they have done, I am sure that seeing some of the things that Danny did, as this story moves forward, will help them, but only if they have the courage to take it forward.

I am not talking about whether you tell the truth here – you will come to understand that I left that myth behind a long while ago; and you will understand why in future blogs.

I am talking about the actions you can take:

Console them. That was all I needed most of the time, Danny to comfort me, to tell me it would be okay, tell me he was sorry even if I told him to “fuck off” afterwards. I needed Danny to never give up; and if you look at Danny’s few bits of advice at the end of my book ‘never give up’ is one of them.

There were times when he looked terrified as he approached me, but he still approached me, and I can never remember a time when I pushed him away when he had his arms around me.

So this is a simple thing for those who want to make it better:

Put your arms around them and comfort them, even if your afraid.


A little note: 

‘Just Say, Just Say by Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye (Written by Ashford and Simpson) was our go to song, it still is and it still brings tears to my eyes.

When Danny first came back we sat at opposite each other one night at the breakfast bar as this song came on. It said it all, I wanted Danny to make it better and he wanted to, for me this song rings true listen to it, it might make you cry (it still makes me cry even today)  but it will help you know you’re not alone.

Making This Better the book is now available including the journal entries for the first 5 years of our recovery & the whole 21 days of ‘The War’. Available internationally in paperback and ebook  at Amazon and Barnes & Noble also available at Xlibris and Apple Books for iPad and Waterstones Bookstores for click & collect


Just say just say that you forgive me
And make it better

Just say just say that you’ll stay near me
And make it alright make it alright

Just say just say that life without me
Would  be impossible

Just say just say you’ll never doubt me
And make it alright make it alright

make it alright

All I wanna hear
All I wanna feel
Is your voice
Your arms holding me

All I wanna know
Are you still there
Ooh nothing’s changed
and it’s the same
As it used to be

Just say just say you won’t be leaving
And not to cry

Just say you haven’t lost the feeling
And it will never die
Make it alright

All I wanna do
Oh is make it up to you
‘Cause I need you more than life itself
All I wanna know
Are you still there
Nothing’s changed
and It’s the same as it used to b

It’s all I wanna hear
All I wanna feel
Is your voice
Your arms holding me……….

You can listen here


    • In all honesty I was on that ocean for a long time, my journal shows the constant ups and downs, but I think the next phase took about a year, and even then things came up. I learnt that like grief there are no set stages you move from one to another and then back again and that is what drives you mad.
      The more I found myself helped, the more I came to understand things, like how many times they had sex really didn’t matter, because it was the here and now you have to focus on. My best advice would be to nit think that there is another phase that you step into, look at all the small things and build on the tiniest thing. Trust me it does get easier.

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  1. I didn’t journal (wish I had). My blog is kind of my journal. I think we are so wounded that when the decision to reconcile is made and they show remorse, we rush to tell ourselves we are better until the next triggers hit and we become psycho bitches (at least I did) again! I remember writing a post maybe 6 months or so after D-day feeling positive, moving forward yet 5 months later I was ready to restart the divorce proceedings.

    I think the turning point for me was this past June, a few months shy of the 2 year anniversary of D-Day. For me it was important to know details. He hadn’t been forthcoming about showing me her texts though he told me the gist of what she said. I wasn’t sure if I believed him. But when his phone crashed and I had to back it up, I put an app on my computer to read those deleted texts. I was able to see most of them and they were just as he said. I had doubted him, but later saw for myself that he was telling the truth.

    I’d be lying if I said I fully trust him. I don’t know if I ever will. But I don’t feel the need to constantly spy and look for things although I do look at the cell phone bill ever week or so. It used to be several times a day, so progress is being made, albeit slowly! xoxo Dolly

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    • I can tell you now, and you will see, I was a pyscho bitch from hell!! Putting my journal entries into my blog I know helps people, and I try to keep them as true to the entry as possible, but what surprises me is how controlled I am when I write them, when in fact I was a complete mess. You are right we want everything to ‘just go back to what it was’ (which we know now is never going to happen) so we keep telling ourselves we are okay. I think that is what my journal will show, that we can tell ourselves all we want but we are not okay! I agree that when you can prove that they are telling the truth it helps you believe a little bit more and shut that fucking demon up!! You will see that over time I learnt to understand what truth really is – only what you have in front of you! Progress for you Dolly is so clear, since I started following you I can see that you have ‘got it’ where knowing what to care about and what not to care about is concerned (almost she does touch a nerve with you still) I love seeing that. Spouse of sex addict asked me when did I feel that I was really accepting things and moving in to the next phase. It was a good question but I really needed to think about it, and in all honesty I don’t think that you know when you move into the next phase, it is not like crossing a line, I think you just drift into it.
      Loving your support Dolly xxx

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