Two Years of Healing in Review

Here is another post from the past I thought worthy of a repost.

Two Years In Review

Posted on December 31, 2012

It is 2 years, 29 days since I loaded up what few possessions I had and limped my truck and my broken heart to a friend’s.

It is 1 yr 9 mth since I found him at P’s house & he moved in with M.

Its just over a yr since I discovered his blog and and the depth of his lies.

It is 1 year & 1 mth since he came to me in tears apologizing and telling me he always loved me.

Its been about 8 months since I found out he had fathered a child in Africa.

It has been 1 yr, 11 mths and 12 days since I attempted suicide.

At times I would hurt so bad I wanted to crawl out of my own skin.
No family support, no money, no friends, not because I didn’t have old friends that wanted to get together, but because so much had happened since I last saw them, I didn’t have a clue what to say to them.
I knew they’d never understand what I’d been through, plus I was no where near the person they had known. I had been pretty, self sufficient, independent, humorous, stylish, confident and now I was a shell.
Slowly, oh so very slowly I have found myself again.
I am not the person I was before JC, I could never be that person again.
Once you have slept with the devil; you can never be the same; you lose your innocence.
Once you have slept with the devil you know true evil exists,
you have looked it in the eyes and it almost swallowed you up. Forever more you will have the knowledge that there are people on this earth who have no concern, compassion or conscience,
They have no soul.

That has to change a person.
I prolonged my recovery because I just could not let go. Why? When he had destroyed me? Why did I want him back, why did I beg him, why did I allow him to even enter my home? I can’t believe it now when I look back. Its not that I believed him; I was long past being that naive. I didn’t respect him; how could I respect someone with no morals or values? I was afraid to admit he was my b/f because I didn’t want people to associate me with him. Yet I took him back time after time.

You know what?
I don’t care any more why, I don’t even care if he is happy. I am not totally healed by any means. Being in Surrey where he lives, for my air brakes course showed me I still have wounds that aren’t totally healed. Being in a place I knew I could run into him or he might see me, or I might see “them” totally threw me; no correction; it didn’t totally throw me but it certainly made me feel things I didn’t want to feel. I was nervous, I thought I saw him numerous times and every time I did my heart would stop, my stomach would be sick and I would be frozen, staring at him until I could identify it wasn’t him. I wouldn’t have approached him if I had seen him; I am afraid of the control he had over me and to speak to him would be leaving myself open to evil. But I dreamed about him every night; they were bad dreams, always other women and me crying.

Its strange, but very early in our relationship; long before all the other women and the mind games I had a dream where he was with another woman and they were laughing at me. They had their arms wrapped around each other and she was feeling very smug and he was cruel beyond belief. I woke up from that dream crying and realized he wasn’t in bed, he was on the computer. I went to him in tears expecting him to comfort me and tell me it was just a bad dream, but when I told him about my dream he was cold and acted annoyed. If only I would have listened to what my instincts were telling me.

You know what I attribute my healing to?
I have accepted that he is evil, pure evil; it is what I believe in my heart. Pure evil does not change.
I have accepted I was manipulated, lied to, abused and I went back for more.
I have accepted that he destroyed alot of what made me me.
But he didn’t destroy me; not my soul, not ME.
I have even accepted that quite possibly he is happy with M. She doesn’t work, she has always been happy to be a housewife waiting for the man to come home; she has never worked outside the home. She has enough money that he doesn’t have to contribute to the household finances and can spend any money he makes on himself. She has a house so he has a roof over his head. She has never had children so there is no one taking attention away from him. He has bought himself a truck (like my old one and has my winch on it) a Harley, an old chev pickup he is restoring, I gather she/he has a nice home, she has supper waiting for him when he gets home, they have taken vacations and she owns summer property on an island off the coast. When he expounded on her attributes he listed:
She is interested in what he has to say
She gets his sense of humor
She is frugal
She is pretty talented with her hands and can make things
She has some pretty good ideas sometimes.
(his words)
If she is happy with him and doesn’t expect him to hold down a job, and doesn’t mind depending her husbands life insurance money keeping him happy more power to them. They should last until she runs out of money, needs him for some reason like she gets sick, a parent dies or she catches him cheating.I thought realistically about her and I and we are so different. I could never be happy spending my whole life catering to a man without any independence. It isn’t even remotely possible he would have ever been happy with me. For one thing I have a son who I love, I have a dog/dogs I love, I don’t have an inheritance for him to spend
I have to work, I have interests other than his, I am unhappy locked up in the house all day without a vehicle. I want to leave my mark on the world, I want the world to be a better place because I was here. I want to learn, grow, share, improve myself, change, I never want to stagnate.
I don’t want to change the man I am with, I don’t want to be my partners conscience, I don’t want to be suspicious, I don’t want to walk on egg shells or be afraid to say what I am feeling. I don’t want to fear the man I love. I could never be with him and be happy.

When I realized that it was so much easier to heal. I had been so focussed on why didn’t he want me that I totally missed the fact that I don’t want him.
I hate evil, I don’t like the blackness that hangs over me when he is in my life.
It seems as soon as I accepted the fact that I deserve to be happy and started being the person I want people to know me as, things started to fall into place. Once I went totally no contact there was room for the goodness to come into my life and maybe I was able to recognize the goodness because my focus wasn’t on the evil.
I started viewing my experiences with JC as things that made me stronger. Like, once you’ve slept with the devil and survived you can do anything. Now I do things I never would have had the courage to do before. I am more out going. I reach out to people who are in need because I know how much I appreciated others kindness when I was down.

I am a better person for my experiences with JC. I don’t thank him for it, I don’t forgive him for the things he did. I could have lived quite nicely without ever having had the experiences but seeing as I have I might as well make the best of them.

I am looking forward to 2013 more than I have ever looked forward to a new year like I am this one.

Footnote: It is now the end of July and even though I just got out of the hospital for heart failure and don’t have any money coming in I am the happiest I have been in years, I don’t know if I have ever been this content with my life and positive about the future.

Posted by Carrie Reimer the Lady WithaTruck


11 thoughts on “Two Years of Healing in Review

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    TOTALLY MISSED THE FACT THAT I DON’T WANT HIM – best line of the whole piece, Carrie, that realisation there.

    Blessings & all good things to you, you awesome woman.

    Freedom to live, to be, to be happy.


    1. Carrie Reimer Post author

      Thank you for stopping by, yes, that one sentence says it all. If only I could have come to that conclusion earlier but maybe some of the women will read it and think. I think it pertains to many things in life, I think you know what I mean. Sometimes we fight to keep something, whether its a job,a man, where we live, a friend when keeping them is keeping us from moving forward. Its scary to let go but you have to in order to have something better. You have to take a chance and know that somehow things will be ok.
      Thanks for stopping by Noeleen, does it even feel like you had a holiday now that you are back? Hope all is well with you and Daniel.


  2. missouriflower

    Yes, I agree. I was strongly addicted to mine (didn’t catch on to the brainwashing, which I made all too easy for him!). Honestly, yes, I know I don’t want the reality of him even though I got caught up in the fantasy he wove for my benefit. Without a doubt, if I had not been D&Ded, I would have been absolutely miserable with him! While he meant to be cruel, dumping me was a supreme act of kindness it turns out!

    Now the OW has him for close to 2 1/2 years. I’d like to think that eventually, I would have wised up as we had a LDR, but she’s living with him! He hasn’t changed! His behavior is classic pathological narcissistic, psychopathic asshole. I don’t understand what is keeping that relationship going…well she does have tons of money, status, luxurious home, and lucrative business…so I guess I do see his attraction to her! Whatever you know!

    I won! Turns out, i actually came out ahead! I got hundreds of dollars in cash and gifts! Yet, I never actually had to have sex with him (he was severely impotent with ED), or live with him! As things go, it was a short LDR (about a year and 4 months all told! The abuse as emotional and verbal. He loved to threaten to leave me! I often called him out on his behavior! Geez, I must have been rotten narcissistic supply! I threw his crap back at him!

    I’m happy! OW is stuck with a boring, ugly, badly aging old psychopath. It never ends well with these guys! I figure I came out ahead int he scheme of things at very little cost to myself. Happily I had a loving, supportive family and never left my own roots and identity behind.

    I’m glad to see how well you’re doing now. Hurrah for you! (and me and all the other people who manage to escape abusive relationships! You win! No place to go for us but UP! Big hugs.


    1. Carrie Reimer Post author

      Thanks for that. It may take awhile but I think all survivors of N’s end up being so dang thankful!! It just takes awhile. But once you break the addiction and are free of the drama and trauma of being with them the simplicity and calmness is such a blessing. In actual fact I should be thankful to him because he taught me how good my life actually was before him. I didn’t truly appreciate what I had before I met him. I wanted a man in my life, I didn’t appreciate the blessings I had and worried about things that really don’t matter in the big picture if things.

      He cured me of wanting a man, or things, just give me peace, honesty, and a warm place to live and I am happy. I would probably be dead if I was still with him. He never would have taken me to the hospital or been concerned about my feet swelling, the stress would have been so much greater because he would have resented me being sick and not giving him the attention he always demanded. He would have made sure I found evidence of him seeing other women just to hurt me and get ns from my pain.

      I wish I could shake every woman who is crying because they miss the N and say you don’t know how lucky you are to be free of him. but at the time I didn’t think I could ever be happy without him. Hahaha I had forgotten what happy felt like.

      Good to see you Linda, I haven’t seen you for a while it seems I hope you are having a good summer. Did the house get finished?

      Hugs, love and peace


      1. missouriflower

        Oh, I’ve been fine, better than fine! Never better in fact. I’ve been off mostly enjoying real life out there meeting real people! Gardening, making new friends, enjoying my family. Me and my newly rehabbed home are being featured on the city government’s website to highlight the program I used to get it done! No payments, and at zero interest no less! I was interviewed last week!

        Like you, I can do without a man, and I’m not so keen anymore on having one. Seems like you have to break aspects of the programming, and well-meaning adults, especially parents who urge (from my dad: “Get Married, and be taken care of the reset of your life!”). Who can forget that crock of shit: Disney’s Cinderella or Snow White? We want so much to believe! Boy were we set up!

        Like many women I do best most often when I don’t have a man! Yes, my house is finished and this former 68 year old decrepit home looks brand new now! I live a life where food is plentiful and varied! I lack for nothing I really need!

        I get the best medical care at reasonable cost. I’m feeling great. Losing weight, and I’m very healthy! I live a wholesome, healthy life! My complaints are few, small and far between. I’d like to be able to afford all the latest expensive toys like smart phones and TVs etc., but I have all I really need need! A quiet peaceful life with a comfortable home, and the love of my family. Life is good!


        1. Carrie Reimer Post author

          I am so happy for you !! Sometimes I think, “OMG I wasted so much time OMG things that really didn’t matter. But at least I figured it out and didn’t spend my whole life like that. I too have everything I really need. How nice to have your house all redone, what a relief and what a deal!!!
          And now a local celebrity on top of it all! You said no payments, ever??
          I know we have a program up here that home owners can get free money for renos as long as they stay in the home for 5 years.
          I am tickled pink for you!” so good to hear


          1. missouriflower

            No payments ever until the title changes hands (presumably after I die of old age).and if my family decides to sell it. Even so, there are terms like grants in there which decrease the balance over time. I figure I’ll probably be around for at least another 20-30 years, and now that my house is stabilized against further deterioration, it’s all good! One of the best benefits is my heating and cooling costs have dropped dramatically. I save around 56% on the dollar now, and I walk around smiling. LOL. You can probably find me on for photos and my story if you’re interested. Have a great day!


    1. Carrie Reimer Post author

      Kim, thank you!! Very true and I think he really hated that fact, no matter how hard he tried he couldn’t destroy ME, and I don’t think he understood why. He destroyed all my property and mementos, I lost my jobs, clothes, family and friends but because he doesn’t have a soul he doesn’t know that a person is not their possessions. I knew who I was without things.



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