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Vera's first write

This is a write that I helped Vera with, as many people have asked her to write something. I helped to make it a better read for her, though I did not think she needed my help….Peter

Hi everybody, my name is Vera as some of you already know, and I am the wife of Peter Duggan. I came on this site to cheer Peter on, and also to read some poetry which I do enjoy at times. I have made a few friends on this site and correspond with some, and a few of them have asked me to write something. Now I have never done anything like this before, but I decided to humor these friends any way.

     I could not really think of anything to write about, but then I thought of a subject dear to both myself and Peter; the transformation that he has gone through in the last five years. This might be of interest, and indeed some help to others who are having problems within their relationships with others.

   We married in London in sixty five, Then emigrated to Australia in 1967 and our marriage was going very well, filled with love and laughter. But then Peter decided to join the army, and volunteered to fight in Vietnam, because he wanted to do something to repay this wonderful country back for letting him live here.

   When he came back to Australia, this was when it all went pear shaped. Peter started to change; he become very aggressive and Psychologically cruel to myself and our three children and was like a keg of dynamite just waiting to explode. He would argue about everything and anything, and got involved in many very nasty fights. No one could tolerate him for very long, and myself and the children often felt like we were walking on eggshells whenever he was around. He turned to alcohol, and cannabis, and he was always off his head on any one of those drugs. Having said all this, Peter was never physically aggressive to me or the children.        

     Anyhow, this all came to a climax, when he suddenly walked out on us all and decided he wanted to live like a bum. Said he wanted his freedom. This was the last time I saw him for a year. When because I loved him so very much, I asked him to come back to us again. He came back, but nothing really changed, in fact I told him he would never change, and I honestly thought our marriage was beyond repair. He had done so much counselling, read every book on self-help, and tried religion [all the major ones], but nothing really helped.

    Then one day about five years ago, Peter was perusing through the net, desperate to find someone to help him get rid of this evil that lurked within him He came cross a man named John Sherman, who claimed that he could help people with this simple little action, that he gave Peter to do. In his desperation Peter put his whole life into this simple act.

   He never strayed from this path, and after a month or two things started dropping away. Each day he seemed to get more, and more happy, so happy in fact that he seemed to bubble with happiness. His anger started to drop away gradually until it diminished completely. He still loves to argue, but he never has to be right all the time and treats it all as a game. How anyone can change so dramatically, is completely beyond me, but the miracle happened; the evidence is before me. If I ever won the lottery, I would donate half of it to the Sherman foundation, and would be totally happy to do this. But the only thing that we can do Is spread the Sherman’s work any chance we can get. We both owe them so much.

    Anyhow, this is my first write, and I hope that many people might gain something from it. Peter and I are now the the happiest couple that ever walked the face of the Earth. I thank all of you that chose to read, this. Whether I’ll ever make a second attempt one never knows. But I surely enjoyed writing this. Peter helped me to arrange the words, as I had no confidence in my own abilities…..Vera



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  1. Date: 4/17/2014 8:05:00 AM

    You have written a fine text Vera, and Peter your own strength in being able to help these words find their way to this page is commendable. Well done to you both for the lives that you have led. Peter, may ANZAC day live long in the hearts of Aussies and Kiwis, mate. My Dad will be joining the parade in Adelaide. May the dawn shine.
  1. Date: 4/17/2014 7:21:00 AM

    - This is a beautiful story from beginning to end!! - Dear Vera: Be proud of yourself!! - Thanks for letting me read your story ..... I love it! - Happy Easter to you both - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 4/17/2014 7:17:00 AM

    That was a beautiful write Vera! Thank you for sharing your private life with us. It's a perfect example that anything is possible if you really want it! Ana :)
  1. Date: 4/17/2014 5:49:00 AM

    Wow! So glad I got the chance to read this, Vera. Your unconditional love had its reward...Outside help came at the right time, as well. I'm so happy for both of you. Your husband's love for you is clearly portrayed in his writes. You are both fortunate and blessed...Great write! Do write again!
  1. Date: 4/17/2014 2:11:00 AM

    Thank you Shadow, yes I was determined to make our marriage work, I wasn't going to give up that easy especially after all the years we had spent together, what a waste that would have been, so nice of you to take the time to read it.......Vera............
  1. Date: 4/17/2014 1:58:00 AM

    a wonderful story of life's trials and tribulations Vera Peter is lucky you never gave up on him I am glad for you both that things worked out keep writing hugs