Thanks for your thoughts Gillian. I had a similar response at the time — thinking it was normal and that this was just what it was supposed to look like, being in a relationship. In reading your work I admire how much you’re able to talk about it and share. This piece was hard to write and even harder to publish, but I’m glad I did in getting responses like this. It helps knowing this isn’t an experience I am alone in (though of course I wish it wouldn’t have happened to any of us). Sending hugs back at you!