I had to be strong without you, because you were my strength and you left me. I was strong right after you left, but I grew weaker and weaker without you. You kept hurting me and tearing me down after you left.
Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending - to rise strong, recognize our story, and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we think "Yes, this is what happened. This is my truth. And I will choose how the story ends.