13. I am in pain almost constantly.
“I am in pain almost constantly. I’d rather not burden him with it.”
14. A few years before I met him, I self-harmed.
“A few years before I met him, I self-harmed. After I met him and started dating, I stopped because we were intimate and he would see. I have very faint scars on my arms and thighs and he’s commented once or twice, wondering if I ‘fell through a thorn bush’ when I was a kid. I have never told anyone ever before. I’m not sure if I’ll ever tell anyone IRL in the future.”