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wife wants to seperate after 23 yrs.

My wife wants to separate after 23 years of marriage. She is under a lot of pressure from work and grad school. We have a daughter that is a freshmen in college and a son that is 15. she has a very intrusive mother, which has really never cared for me. Two weeks ago my wife said she was through and wanted to separate to see where she was and what her feelings were for me. She said she is tired and that she is weary and tired of raising me too! This all caught me by surprise. We had a rough time several yrs. ago when she was going through treatments for cancer. she is considered a cure, but it got us financially strapped. During that time, I had an affair of the heart, but not physical with one of my daughters teachers. I kept a journal with thoughts and ideas that was written very passionately and my wife found it. She said she has never forgiven me for that and the fact she thought I was not there for her when she was ill. I was scared to death I was going to loose her and at the same time working to keep a roof over our heads. I got into a business partnership that has been like driving on five miles of bad road. It has been very hard on both of us, and I bring a lot of that frustration home with me. But other than the partnership, I thought all was going smooth. this hit me by a complete surprise.

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