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MR. Ed

We have been married for 24 years, I am aged 51, and she is aged 58. For the last few years, every time I try to be affectionate or bring up sex, she yells, cusses, and sometimes throw things. I still love her and I don't want to get divorced, but I still have needs and they aren't being met. I don't know what to do.

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