01/06/2014 06:36 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Life After Divorce - Relationships, Marriage, Breakups

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Most horror stories start with a teenage protagonist doing something that makes the entire audience want to shout, "No! Don't go in there!" For my 19-year-old self, that creaky door was marriage. I drove seven hours to Pittsburgh from my mom's place in Ontario to settle in with a guy 13 years my senior — a man I'd been dating long distance for almost a year.

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