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My Husband Kept Our Marriage Counselling Secret – But I'm Speaking Up

Thursday 19 November 2020


From Australian news outlet WAtoday:


Rose and Bandaid
'Before my diagnosis, our relationship was functional,
though battered by unhelpful attitudes and habits
we’d both developed over 16 years together.'

My husband kept our marriage counselling secret – but I'm speaking up

By Ashley Kalagian Blunt
Updated November 7, 2020, first published November 6, 2020
Copyright © 2020.

It was illness and the resulting isolation that pushed my marriage to its breaking point, though I was a few years ahead of the curve. I’ve been staying home since 2017. My health deteriorated for months before doctors diagnosed me with chronic fatigue syndrome. When the illness was at its worst, I didn’t have the energy to lift myself out of bed. But CFS is unpredictable, characterised by boom-and-bust energy. Some days I could walk around the apartment, and even drag myself into the office for a few hours.

My husband’s own stress – he asked not to be named here – exacerbated matters. My life collapsed as he was finishing an MBA program and taking on the equivalent of two full-time jobs. He came home late, worked weekends. I was always home; he barely ever was.

He took on my share of the cleaning and cooking, paid my medical bills, and I was thankful. But he got frustrated with me for “complaining”, and expected me to cope with my loneliness, grief and fear alone.


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