When My Husband Became My North Star, I Lost Myself

He set the course for both our lives — until I started navigating for myself

Karie Luidens
Human Parts
Published in
19 min readJul 26, 2019

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ItIt wasn’t until months later that I remembered: My husband didn’t want me to get a tattoo. By then the wound of it had long since stopped weeping interstitial fluid, a thin amber tinged with blood and ink. My skin had scabbed over, gone dry, flaked…

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Karie Luidens
Human Parts

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