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‘People look at me and my 4 kids and assume I’m just giving mom some ‘kid-free’ time. I just laugh.’: Man becomes full-time dad after emotional divorce, realizes kids need ‘all of him’

“I began to get random phone calls about my wife’s nighttime activities. ‘She’s my soul mate. She’ll come around,’ I’d tell myself. She started hinting at divorce, but I’d stop the conversation dead in its tracks. Then, she stopped showing up. The defining moment for me was seeing all of my kids asleep at the front door, hoping to see their mom if she happened to come home that night. My babies needed me to be strong for them.”

‘I shouldn’t have met him in a public space. I thought he was safe. He ‘knew me well enough’ to engage in a physical relationship.’: Woman shares incredible weight loss journey after ‘tumultuous’ breakup, sexual assault

“In high school, I was healthy. Then suddenly at 16 my world turned upside down. I began dating my high school boyfriend. The beginning was like a whirlwind. I felt so in love, I was positive I’d spend the rest of my life with him. I’d like to say everything was his fault, but we were both to blame. I was suffocating but couldn’t imagine living a life without him.”

‘I’m shaking. There is something I need to tell you,’ she stammered. I ushered her to the sofa. It felt like the air was sucked out of the room.’: Woman donates kidney to save friend’s husband

“‘Neil needs a kidney.’ I felt my heart drop into my feet as I replayed the last few months. Walking through our children’s school, she made the comment that she was so stressed it made her head itch. ‘What could possibly make you that stressed?’ I asked. I cringed as I remembered the last joking message I had left her.”

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