I hope that you are courageous enough to let yourself heal, because you deserve it.
By thanking a guy who treated you poorly for “making you stronger” or for “helping you realize what you deserve”, what you are really telling him is that how he treated you was okay
People wants it easy, fast, here and now, they don’t want to work for it, or truly build a connection with another person. Because building a true relationship takes time, and effort, and choice.
We are only able to trust someone else as much as we trust ourselves. We can only know someone as much as we know ourselves.