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Published November 2013.

Someone Saved My Life Tonight

A chance encounter at a meeting changed the course of his life

With three years under my belt, I thought it was time for me to be in a relationship since I had waited far more than the suggested one year! I did not realize just how impulsive and needy I really was at that time.

I looked around the rooms and found what I thought was the perfect woman for me. The attraction was magnetic. Within a month, we were engaged. And a month after that, we got married.

It was a very rocky start as she was off her medication and my rescuing was in full swing. Fifty-two days into the marriage, she was admitted to a psychiatric hospital and filing for...

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