Lady Airyn, a victim of marital abuse, writes about the pain that comes with being the spouse of an addict. Read her articles here.
Of herself, she writes:
I have been there for my husband, my daughters, my friends, my parents, my in-laws and my extended family—some more than others, and everyone in between.
I am imperfect and sometimes feel “not good enough.” But I am here trying. I am here being a taxi driver, nurse, dermatologist, garbageman, teacher, friend, parent, disciplinarian, employee, boss, swim teacher, soccer coach, basketball coach, sister, daughter, aunt and so much more.
“Being there” comes with so many blessing, but other days, “being there” is just what it sounds like: the day in, day out drudgery of “being there.”
But I am still here loving my children and husband. I’m here trying to love myself. Even though I know life is a crazy, I am here every day, showing up the BEST I can, loving, shaping, and praying that if I stay here, my kids, husband, and myself will grow up strong, loving, and capable. And I am here to write and share my story and trials because I want to be here. I hope my mistakes, blessings and trials will help others because I chose to be here.