LP, forgive yourself. We can forgive others far more easily than we can forgive ourselves. I beat myself up over accepting this behavior as well. We get so lost in these relationships and wonder where the hell the “real” us disappeared to. We get lost in life, everyday responsibilities as a wife, a mother, a sister, a professional, whatever! We get so wrapped up in doing, and forget that “being” is crucial to our existence. Forgive yourself, and know that you only had the best intentions for yourself and your family. You can’t change what happened, but you can learn from it and move forward with greater strength, knowledge and understanding. Celebrate your strength and fortitude. You have endured what so many could not. Fill your heart and soul with that inner strength and understanding. Own your power and use it, to heal yourself and be all that you were meant to be in this world. Give yourself the gift of forgiveness and understanding!