We were never married and I didn’t know he was on drugs. I didn’t discover this until we were apart when I was pregnant. I left twice, came back twice and the third time I left I never looked back. As I stated in the story, I did try, I did want to believe he changed but looking back now I’m not sure why I did. I never thought I could change him. I didn’t even think to think that, if that makes sense. I was young and didn’t have the life skills yet to believe I could do it on my own. I had my daughter when I was 22, the age she is now.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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