The Healing Lodge
SPOUSAL ABUSE - A Return To Life
I was in a very abusive marriage for 28 days. I ended up in the hospital four times during one month. After leaving, I found myself in a safe house in another part of the country with nothing but the clothes on my back. I was married to an undercover cop, and because of his job had to change my whole identity. In theory it isn't all that hard. In reality it is very difficult, and I struggle psychologically with it still. I was locked into this safe house from the inside, and was never allowed to leave, nor were we allowed to open the curtains. I felt like a prisoner. I almost gave up. I certainly felt I couldn't go on. I saw this dark cloud that was taking over my being, and decided that if I only lived a few more days than at least I was going to live. I left and found my strength and am still here...safe and happy...which I never thought possible. I could write a book about what this experience taught me about myself. It is certainly the most valuable lesson to date. When I walked out those doors with the thought I was going to live..if only for a few days...I did just that...and haven't stopped.
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