I did say after the EA that I would never be able to handle a PA but never say never. Now I think "oh a LTA would be worse" and maybe it would, maybe it wouldn't but I pray to never ever ever have to find out!
Finally this is R 8/14/13
"Forgiving is a journey; the deeper the wound, the longer the journey".
my husband had an EA over 3 years. He lied to me over and over. The sense of betrayal I feel is beyond words. I feel completely devastated. I have thought that I would have preferred a ONS or a brief PA. But it just really hurts that he lied to me for so long so many times for 3 years +.
Plus he has said to her how much he loved her how he wishes she was his wife etc...
he wrote her love letters and poems... he dreamed of her thought of her 24/7. Texted her nonstop had phone calls that lasted 78 mins at a time etc...how can it not hurt ? he might as well have f-ed her. No difference.
[This message edited by ionlytalkedtoher at 3:16 PM, August 23rd (Friday)]
it just really hurts that he lied to me for so long so many times for 3 years +.
Yeah, I know this is true for a lot of people. The lies are worse than the A's themselves. So many times I asked my H to come clean and he insisted nothing was going on. I still don't think I know the whole truth, but I'm pretty sure it's just specifics/ details I'm missing at this point and I've decided I don't really want them.
I'm not trying to measure pain, or give it a number on a scale of 1-10... Like I said, just trying to relate to a number of different situations.
married 2y, together 2.5y
1 beautiful daughter, 23m
"Someday soon, I'm going to put my life together; Win or lose, I'm starting over again."
[This message edited by frigidfire86 at 7:00 PM, August 23rd (Friday)]
I edit my posts often. Improper grammar irritates me.
Whatever...I no longer think that way or say I would do this or that.
Betrayal is betrayal and how each person handles the shit sandwich they are handed is different.
To me its all about what you feel and what you can handle. Im sick of being told by people, " i was cheated on! Get over it already....I did!"
I listen and learn but dont compare...
Together 20yrs married 16 yrs
2 kids, now 17 & 14
Gutted wife: now 36
Cheating lying husband: now 35
Married old whore: now 48
For myself my WH had a very short term EA. I was devastated when I initially found out with my heart in shreads. For me all I can think about is how he and I were when we were dating and falling in love and the mind movies will start with our history but her in my place ( I don't even know what she looks like). Another factor for me was how I found out.
Dealing with an A either E or P is a grieving process. I have suffered a tremendous amount of loss in my life and so I think I go through the grieving process faster than many people. I literally slid right past bargaining through into anger in a matter of days.
This al being said I can not be sure that this did not become a PA but for me the thought that he could be starting to become attached and fall in love in the same way he and I did 25 yrs ago was harder than thinking that he could have just f***ed some chick.
I hope that my answer helps somewhat. I wish none of us had cause to even try to figure out which type of A is worse! ((( hugs)))
He left me the same day and then it progressed to pa.
For me now the most painful part is how he acted after I discovered.
The part that I have the most trouble with is he left me for her, he chose her. That is the part that rips me apart still everyday.
Then again, there are days when the thought of him smiling at her, talking and saying intimate things to her kills.
Then there are the days where the images of him touching her, having sex with her breaks my heart.
I guess the only thing I can say about this is it is all hell. It all hurts. It just depends what day it is when I think about what is the worst.
It is all the worst.
My MC said to him ... I don't want to know and I don't care if you had sex. You had an affair.....
It sucks either way
OWzero: EA for at least a few months. (I don't know the full story).
OW1: PA for a few months which turned into a 16 year EA.
OW2: EA (PA?) for 3 years followed by a 5 year LTA.
OW3: Very intense EA and PA for 1 year.
Strangely OW1 (the 16 year EA) bothers me the most. Mainly because I found out he talked to her for hours on the phone several times a week even while screwing OW2 and OW3 and told her all about his OWs and his family and everything about us!!!
Second to that was OW3 - the year long intense EA/PA. Mainly I guess because she tried her hardest to get him to leave me for her. For that I hate the bitch!
OW2 doesn't bother me quite as much even though he screwed her for the longest time. She was just stupid and he used her.
I often wonder if I would feel differently about it all if it was a week long PA, a year long EA or whatever. I don't know.
I do know that unless you walk in someone else's shoes you can't compare.
I am also not into the "your pain is less/more than mine" discussion.
The reason I find these discussions interesting is because I am always looking for reassurance.
It would be nice to feel it is possible to recover.
Dday #1, when I found the phone records, both my H and the OW said it was not a PA. It was mostly a mentor/mentee relationship. However, the contact was so often and he had lied about it and I asked for a divorce, told the kids and my parents. He bent over backwards and I recanted and took him back. I actually got over that fairly quickly. There was no profession of love. I actually believed he hadn't slept with her because she was needy and insecure and annoying and just didn't seem like his type. So, this would be 2/3rds of an EA, inappropriate contact with lying, no love or sex. In theory.
Dday #2, when someone sent me a letter, I found out it was actually a PA, almost 4 years. Still no more of an EA, no love, etc. And it had ended after Dday #1.
This has taken a lot longer to get over. I actually did not tell the kids or my parents this time and did not seriously entertain the idea of divorce. Mainly because I was finally getting the truth. About everything, even the distant past. He was finally humble and willing to do the work. Ironically we had started MC the week before since he was getting too close to another employee and refused to give up their friendship. All that changed.
So, the PA was much harder. But if the EA was a "love match" that might have been a different story.
[This message edited by catlover50 at 8:11 AM, August 24th (Saturday)]
A couple of years after my EA, my BS turned into a WS. He had a PA with one of his graduate students. I was shocked and scared and heartbroken, of course. I had mind movies of them naked together ALL the time. I couldn't HB. I couldn't kiss him, I couldn't look at his hands without mind movies of them together. It was terrible, searingly painful and it really shook me. Would I rather have had it "only" be an EA? Of course I would have liked there to be a line he did not cross, but there wasn't. The physical part hurt terribly. But as I healed, I found the EA part of his A was the part that hurt the longest. To be blunt, I forgave him for fucking her long before I forgave him for genuinely liking her.
So at least in our marriage, the emotional part of the affair was the part that ate into our long-term emotions as a married couple. We worked for YEARS on recovering from the emotional betrayals and various different issues with boundaries in each of us. Years later I'd have to say that even calling up the PA mind movies I used to be traumatized by doesn't have nearly the impact of recalling the emails I read between them. For us, the emotional betrayal lasted longer and worked its way deeper into our relationship than the physical aspect of FWH's A, though in the short term the PA side had more "shock and awe" effect.