I was married for almost ten years, I have been divorced for about 15 years now. I have one son and two daughters. My ex-husband first left when our third child was 5 weeks old. Finally, we separated for good when the kids were 7, 3, and 18 months. It was great for a bit but then my ex became a raging alcoholic and I couldn’t even let him see the kids unsupervised anymore. And then about 4 years ago, he just stopped all contact. What followed was hell. Job loss, anxiety attacks, eviction, food stamps, cleaning toilets for gas money, and on and on. I kept plugging away, got back on my feet, had several part-time jobs, lost jobs, went through career re-evaluations and I’m still trying to get it right.