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Dear Annie: Phantom lovers

By Annie Lane Creators Syndicate

Dear Annie: It’s been more than a year now since my wife left for the fourth time. This time, I really don’t have confirmation of her exact reason, but I can hazard a good guess, because the other three times she left for the same reason. She thinks I’m a cheater. In her mind, there is always someone else – but that’s the only place there is someone else. I’ve never cheated.

I can’t help but feel as if I’m free at last. I truly loved her and adored her. But I just couldn’t take the mistrust any longer. For 13 years, I had my wallet dug through, Facebook account examined and email checked. I’ve been followed by numerous detectives. I know of two because I caught them, and my wife admitted she’d hired them. Here I was paying off bills so we could have a fun retirement, and she was paying detectives $500 a day to follow me. One time, at my work, one of my employees came to me visibly shaking. When I asked her what was wrong, she said, “Your wife offered me $100 to listen in on your phone calls, and, sir, I want nothing to do with this.”

Annie, I could go on and on with the examples of mistrust. But for my own sanity, I had to move on. I kept saying to myself that the mistrust would pass, but it just never did. I’ve moved on, and now I’m with God. My question to you to finally put this to rest in my mind is: Is this some kind of illness? – Free at Last

Dear Free at Last: Yes, it sounds as if she suffers from mental health issues that can only be addressed through professional treatment. I sincerely hope she gets the help she needs. It would be nearly impossible to get back together and stay together otherwise. Trying to build a marriage without trust is like trying to build a brick house without mortar. It cannot stand.

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