chronic pain

‘Shaking in my slippers with my 3-year-old, I packed the car for my life. I knew he wasn’t far behind.’: Mom of 2 escapes abusive husband, urges ‘get out when it’s safe’

“He threatened, ‘If you ever leave, I will hunt you down and destroy you.’ Our daughter ran to me and hugged me. Before I knew it, something came over me. He’d taken a taxi and left the car and house keys. It was time. I took my son’s Christmas money, packed the basics, all the while double checking the door. I knew if he caught me, he would kill me. I had no other choice but to leave, and I had no idea how to do it.”

‘I was at work when I got the call from my doctor. Time stopped moving. The only part I remember is him telling me there are no known cures. I was literally watching myself decay.’

“I was terrified my boyfriend would leave me because it made me look different, or because it was just too much for him. I felt him distancing himself from me out of fear; he kept telling me how scared he was for me, and how he didn’t understand how this could have happened to me so quickly.”

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