Posted by: Marie | July 26, 2012

(677) Please don’t give up on me

Post #677
[Private journal entry written on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 10:00pm]

Since my therapy session this morning, my mind has been heavily focused on what all we talked about in the session. I’m trying to find some hope-filled nugget that I can hang onto to keep myself out of that familiar place of hopelessness . . .

I’ve been feeling significantly better lately . . . but I can feel that the session has triggered me and I’m sliding back into that very dark place.

I know Edward keeps telling me that there is no hurry for me to get better . . . I am welcome to take as much time as I need to take to find my way along this healing journey.

But, in the session, we once again reviewed my damaged thinking around the possibility – or lack thereof – of a healthy romantic relationship. Edward has heard it all before . . . many times before. It’s not getting better. I don’t think it will ever get better.

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I’m sure Edward is getting tired of hearing it. How many more times is he willing to hear it before he figures out it’s not going to get any better . . . ?? Then what . . . he has no choice but to tell me to go away . . .

I found myself wishing I could reach out to Edward for some assurance . . . I wanted to disclose this crushing fear to him . . . anything to find some relief . . . I don’t want to just stuff it down with ice cream, I really want to reach out and share it with him as a way to find relief.

But, I can’t. It’s 10 o’clock at night. I’m sure he is tucked away with his family in their safe home . . .

So, I’ve decided on the next best thing . . . I sent off an email . . . I captured my real feelings and my real thoughts, even though they seem childish and “victim-ish,” and I sent them off to him.

I’m hoping it will help get me through the night . . . I’m sure it will help to know Edward will read it tomorrow . . . I hope.


Hi, Edward –

Okay, I’m having a meltdown tonight . . .

It seems I’ve been saying the same thing over and over . . . that I have no hope that I will get to the place where dating in a healthy way is a possibility. I’m tired of saying it, but it is still true – I want it to not be true, I want to have hope. But, I don’t.

Tonight, I’m very sure that you’re tired of hearing that and that you think I’m malingering. I’m not, but I don’t see how you can think anything else.

At this moment, I’m sure you’re going to give up on me . . . and I have no hope . . . if you lose hope, then there is no hope at all.

I need assurance, again, that you won’t ever give up on me. Please don’t.

– Marie


  1. I’ll be interested to see Edward’s reply!

    • Hey, Evan –

      As you can imagine, he handles it in classic Edward style!

      – Marie

  2. I already know what Edward’s response was to this, and my guess is that at least part of it was similar to mine — immense respect and joy that instead of pushing your vulnerability down, you reached out to him with it.

    • Thank you, David . . .

      I could feel that my response was very different from past responses . . . it was a big deal to do this differently!

      – Marie

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