December 4, 2010:

I remember your frustration over the impact the relationship had on your identity. That you were being submerged into an us you didn't understand, a me you didn't wholly approve of.

It was similar for me, although I didn't know how to articulate. The final six months left me feeling I was struggling to remain myself. I needed to leave because I thought I would disappear.

I've never done anything more difficult.