Tag: illness

Friends: From almost-sisters to almost strangers

Published: April 13, 2011 | Last Updated: April 15, 2011 By | 14 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, My best friend of 18 years always called me "the sister she never had". We live in the same city and used to talk on the phone at least 5 to 10 times a day and got together frequently. About two years ago she and her husband began divorce proceedings. I tried […]

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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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Friendship and agreeing to disagree

Published: April 25, 2010 | Last Updated: April 25, 2010 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene My girlfriend of 15 years and I got into a heated discussion that escalated into her walking out on me while we were in a restaurant. It was obvious that we were at loggerheads on a topic about which we had opposing views. Her style is to leave, not speak, and avoid […]

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Friendship, caring, and “the call list”

Published: February 17, 2010 | Last Updated: June 7, 2020 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading
Friendship, caring, and “the call list”

Each of us should have a Saturday morning “call list” to express our affection for the people we truly care about.

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Lean on me: But enough is enough

Published: January 7, 2009 | Last Updated: January 10, 2009 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I have a friend who was always interesting to talk to because we had interests in common. I always wondered how she could manage so many activities in addition to her work. Unfortunately, some time ago, she developed a serious illness for which she is now being treated. She has been attempting […]

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The Friend I Never Met

Published: September 11, 2008 | Last Updated: December 6, 2021 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Can you befriend someone you’ve never met? I hope you will feel the same way as I do.

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