16 Women Get Real About How Marriage Changed Them

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When my husband and I met, I was a broke and anxious 25-year-old who didn't really know what I was going to do with my life. I wasn't sure if anyone would ever love me. And then I met Michael and everything changed. 

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I'm 38 now and I can say with certainty that marriage has changed me, thankfully for the better. After 12 years of life with Michael, I'm more confident, more steady, more aware of who I want to be. 

I've become convinced that marriage or any long-term partnership changes both of the people in it. I don't think you can live with another person and come out the other side without being changed. But are those changes always for the good? I'm not sure, so I reached out to 16 women who've been married or partnered for at least five years to find out how they've been changed -- in both good and challenging ways. Read on for some fascinating glimpses into the truth about married life. 

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