Tag: chronic illness

Disappearing Acts: When Friends Are Gone After a Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder

Published: August 19, 2021 | Last Updated: August 19, 2021 By | 8 Replies Continue Reading
Disappearing Acts: When Friends Are Gone After a Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder

Someone loses her friends after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and cuts her off completely. She asks how to handle this?

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Friendship, Parenting and COVID

Published: August 13, 2021 | Last Updated: August 13, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading
Friendship, Parenting and COVID

The volatile mix of parenting and COVID can creates challenges to moms with different values and sensibilities.

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Can’t seem to make friends

Published: May 20, 2016 | By | 38 Replies Continue Reading

A woman with chronic fatigue and history of depression can’t seem to make friends.

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Having trouble making friends after a move

Published: February 25, 2014 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

Life changes such as a move can often be disruptive of friendships.

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Friendship and chronic illness

Published: November 23, 2013 | Last Updated: November 23, 2013 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

How do you maintain friendships with an unpredictable chronic illness?

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Home Alone & Lonely? Some Practical Tips

Published: February 24, 2012 | Last Updated: August 1, 2013 By | 79 Replies Continue Reading

What resources are there for people who are home alone and lonely, without any family or friends? QUESTION Dear Irene, I am 63. My husband brought me here many years ago. It is rural and here, family is everything—which is nice—but I have none. My life from the beginning was similar to a child in an orphanage. I was […]

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Another reason why cancer sucks~

Published: February 1, 2011 | Last Updated: November 23, 2013 By | 18 Replies Continue Reading

A woman talks about the isolation from friends that often accompanies a cancer diagnosis.

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Housebound, lonely, and craving contact

Published: December 28, 2010 | Last Updated: November 23, 2013 By | 21 Replies Continue Reading

I’m 63, and housebound due to health and mobility problems. My family works so they can’t come every day. I find myself sitting alone in the house day after day.

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The sadness of moving on and leaving a BFF behind

Published: April 16, 2010 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, Over the course of my life I’ve had two or three best friends, relationships that ended for one reason or another. Although I have a good marriage with a wonderful man, I’ve always felt incomplete without a best friend. Four years ago I bonded with someone who had been an acquaintance for […]

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