A Public Letter to My ExHusband

Annette Rochelle Aben has gifted us with a thoughtful and emotional glimpse of what it’s like to deal with mental illness in the family. Please, read on…

Annette Rochelle Aben

Dear Dan,

Got the call last night, that they put you in the hospital again. This time, they found you lying in bed with a knife by your side. When asked what your intentions were, you told them that you were thinking of hurting yourself. Naturally, the Doctors said to bring you in at once.

They counted your meds and found that it had been over a month since you took them regularly. The hallucinations became your reality and there was no amount of logic that could convince you otherwise. You’ve allowed yourself to shrivel into a caricature of a human being, looking and acting decades older than your 67 years. Your guardians said that we wouldn’t even recognize you. But remember, we saw you at Christmas and while you did look a little worse for the wear, your mind was clearer than it had been in years and you…

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Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (http://fiorabooks.com), to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

8 thoughts on “A Public Letter to My ExHusband”

        1. You left a situation you couldn’t fix or live with any longer. You had the courage to risk the ire of family and friends in order to do what was best for yourself. That’s strength and courage. I hope people in a similar situation will take your example to heart. If you don’t look after your own needs, no one else will.

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