Hello, my name is Greg Barringer. I find myself in a situation that I cannot solve on my own and have come here after thoughtful consideration, meditation and prayer. I am humbly asking for your help. Please.

I am 51 years old, an Army veteran and have been a working man all of my life. I don't do drugs, I don't abuse alcohol, and I do not have any children. 

Approximately 2 years ago I married a woman that suffers from a condition commonly known as anxiety but I was not made aware of this until after the wedding. All the time we dated before the marriage there wasn't anything I considered to be a red flag. It was only after the wedding, when I moved into her house, that I learned she was in therapy, and ultimately first hand what anxiety truly means. 

As time went forward, irrationality and defensiveness became more frequent but I was committed to our marriage. One of the first issues that was tough was my working so far away. Ultimately I decided to leave my job to work closer to home offering more available time for us. Unfortunately, the position I was promised ended up being postponed indefinitely due to changes in management. This unexpected situation forced me to take a minimum wage job as a temporary measure. 

During this transition, to show support and good intentions, we entered into couples therapy. I tried to understand and exhibit patience during her dramatic mood swings and intentional fighting. At first, I was defensive but I nurtured the thought that we were creating a better base for our relationship as our couples therapy progressed. My reality, despite our shared therapy, was that any given day all was well and I felt very safe and normal and then later that same day she was an eruption of emotion, usually steeped in anger and extreme phases of discontent. On two recent occasions after Thanksgiving and Christmas she demanded a divorce and wanted me to leave. 

I now am filled with fear of being homeless. I have no right to the home, I am at the mercy of her choices and I am the most financially unstable I have ever been in my life. I am still working at getting a better job, but employers take time to do interviews and call backs. While I am continuing to work at getting better employment, I simply do not have the money I need to get an apartment and rebuild, restart.  I am emotionally exhausted and mentally shocked. I am overwhelmed. I am asking for a hand not a hand out. My soon to be ex wife, obviously has issues that I wish I could assist with but I cannot (her choice), she is insistent on the divorce and more importantly that I leave. 

It has all come together like a bad dream, I put everything I had into this marriage and now I am practically destitute and at wits end. I risked all I had in faith to be here, and now I ask in faith to help me through this moment of need.  Thank you for your help and consideration. Prayers are welcomed.


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