Marissa

Marissa is your typical happy and successful middle-aged woman.

She was in a violent relationship for 10 years. Violence or abuse happened after the first year of their marriage. Initially, it was like, she would not be allowed to go out of the house except if she is accompanied by her husband or whenever she will do a family errand. On that case her husband would closely monitor her calling her all the time until she is home.

Control was the first sign of abuse.

When you are in an abusive relationship for so long, you lose your identity. You believe in the lies you were told. You don’t believe in your ability to live independently. You don’t get much sense of freedom, and on most occasions, you learn to live with it and deal with it quietly for there is nothing much you can do about the situation.

Such was the story of Marissa.

Until the inevitable happened. The emotional abuse gradually became more intense. Her husband found a way to isolate Marissa from her family and friends. And so seeking help was close to impossible. There was also the “shame factor” of abuse.  Marissa is living a highly functional abusive life.

Abuse however has a way of manifesting physically, no matter how much you try to ignore it.

Marissa accumulated enough stress that it manifests itself in physical symptoms.  Marissa suffered from excessive bleeding and chronic fatigue. She was eventually diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease an autoimmune disorder that can cause hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid. Rarely, the disease can cause hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid. Thyroid hormones control how your body uses energy, so they affect nearly every organ in your body—even the way your heartbeats.

That was her ticket to courage; the courage to finally leave her abusive husband and seek the help of her family.

For Reena https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2022/02/03/reenas-xploration-challenge-216/

You need to imagine this as a character in a story plot, and write about her.

  • Give her a name.
  • Mention the geography she lives in.
  • What could be her temperament?
  • Is she prone to melancholy, or is she faking it to fool someone?
  • Is there someone she is thinking about?
  • Where could she go next for here?

The list is indicative, and you can use your imagination to paint a more vivid character sketch.

If you are telling a story, you can add one or more characters to bring depth.

35 Comments

  1. Reena Saxena says:

    I can relate to this story. Thanks, Mich!

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    1. michnavs says:

      oh, thank you Reena ..

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  2. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Marissa …. a story of mental abuse … by Mich

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    1. michnavs says:

      thank you so much Reena

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  3. Rupali says:

    Profound story with good subject knowledge.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Rupali…

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    1. michnavs says:

      thank you so much

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  4. Chris Hall says:

    Vividly told, Mich. You offer the reader a glimpse into a world that’s too often hidden. I like that there is a glimmer of hope at the end.

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    1. michnavs says:

      thank you so much Chris… i am so glad you like it.

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  5. Jokerswild says:

    Such a relatable story to many, especially those who grew up around it. Abuse can cause one to feel stuck as if they can’t find any better and that’s lost empowerment indeed. Your story described the effects, mental and physical and the psyche it took to stand up and go from victim to survivor.🌹

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    1. michnavs says:

      thank you so much for sharing your thoughts adding layer to this story.. thank you..

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      1. Jokerswild says:

        You are so very welcome, a great read.

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  6. ivor20 says:

    Beyond normal comprehension, but obviously not beyond realms of the abusers ..

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    1. michnavs says:

      i so agree with you Ivor. thank you so much

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      1. ivor20 says:

        You’re welcome Mich ..

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  7. Sadje says:

    You’ve portrayed her so well Mich. very real

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    1. michnavs says:

      thank you so much Sadje…and i am pretty sure there are so many Marissa’s out there

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      1. Sadje says:

        Unfortunately, too many.

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      2. michnavs says:

        that’s right… and it is a very sad reality

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      3. Sadje says:

        It is! BTW, I have Hashimoto’s disease. 😃

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      4. michnavs says:

        Oohhhh😔😔😔 i am so sorry to hear that…it must be hard ..praying for you…🙏🙏🙏..

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      5. Sadje says:

        No worries Mich. My body has managed to destroy my thyroid for good and now for the last 20 or so years, I am on thyroxine. It’s an easily managed disease and I only have to get the levels checked after 3/6 months. Thanks 🙏🏼

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      6. michnavs says:

        🙏🙏🙏

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  8. murisopsis says:

    This feels like a true story – only the names have been changed to protect the innocent~

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Val..there are many Marissa’s out there and hope one day soon we see the end of abuse in any form..

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  9. Obong eno says:

    Wow, I felt for Marissa😔

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  10. Such beautiful and true portrayal – I can totally believe this to be true story.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Pragalbha….i am glad to know that this seems to be believable…but of course we all know there are a lot of Marissa’s out there..

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  11. Too many Marissas in our world who need our support and help.
    Thank you so much, SweetMich, for keeping their struggle to the forefront. We mustn’t forget about them for even a second.
    (((HUGS))) ❤️

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you too Carolyn for always been very supportive of my works..💕💕

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  12. Hopeful ending.. Loved it.. 🙏🏻😊👌🏼👌🏼..

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much..

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