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Readers react to man's decision to keep cancer secret

DEAR ABBY - I'm writing in response to the man who wants to keep his cancer prognosis secret until he nears the end ("Keeping It to Myself," Jan. 11). My mother was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer that had spread to her brain. She didn't … more

Woman finds ways to mend lost dream of motherhood

DEAR ABBY — I have some suggestions for "Longing to Be a Mom" (Feb. 27), whose husband doesn't want a child. If you talk your husband into it, are you prepared to do all the parenting … more

Customer resents questioning when making a store purchase

DEAR ABBY - Is there a polite way to refuse giving store clerks personal information? It seems like every time I shop, the clerks demand email, phone number, even birthdate, and they get testy when I say I just want to complete my purchase. I find … more

Marriage loses intimacy due to husband's disability

DEAR ABBY - Six years ago, my husband of 20 years was in a serious accident. He was placed on disability because of it. Because of the accident, he can't perform sexually because his "goods" don't work. I am many years younger than he is and … more

New wife shocked to learn of husband's family secret

DEAR ABBY - My husband and I have been married for a few months and are expecting our first child. His father passed away about a year ago. His parents had been married 33 years when he died. A few weeks ago, we told my mother-in-law we were … more

Son always worries about unhappy mom's welfare

DEAR ABBY - My mother-in-law constantly talks to my husband about committing suicide because she's not happy with her life or her husband. My husband worries all the time and has offered to let her come stay with us for a while. To me, this would … more

Only child senses time has come to leave the nest

DEAR ABBY - I am an only child who has lived at home all her life - 44 years. My father recently passed away, so now it is just Mom and me. She has become extremely clingy. She is jealous of my friends and feels I must be with her for almost … more

Suspicion, deception surround elderly father's younger wife

DEAR ABBY — My elderly father remarried after my mother died two years ago. He married an acquaintance who is 30 years younger at the courthouse with no friends or family in attendance. He … more

Retired husband's wardrobe is too casual for wife

DEAR ABBY - When I met my husband, he dressed impeccably - suits, sharp sport coats, monogrammed shirts, freshly pressed dress slacks, top-of-the-line leather shoes. Even when we went out with friends for a casual night or a movie, he still dressed … more

Mystifying mood swings happen without warning

DEAR ABBY — I read your letters every chance I get. They remind me that I'm not the only one with problems, but sometimes I just feel so empty. I have random bouts where anything can send … more

Red flags remain in romance that returns after 47 years

DEAR ABBY — I have rekindled a romance from my youth. "Jerry" and I were engaged to be married 47 years ago, but I felt he was too worldly and fast for me, so I broke off the engagement. I … more

Family closes ranks against aggressive woman

DEAR ABBY - I need advice badly. A close family member has been living with a woman who sexually assaults people by grabbing their genitalia, kissing them forcibly on the mouth and touching their buttocks. She's completely without boundaries. We … more

Daughter sees stressful future with toxic mom

DEAR ABBY - My mother is a narcissist and a user. She has never held down a job and blames everyone else. We rarely get along for more than 15 minutes at a time. I used to blame myself, but have realized over the years that I'm not alone in how I … more

Couple's plans hit a snag over detour to a strip club

DEAR ABBY - My boyfriend and I have been dating for a year and a half. We are planning on moving to California together in a few months. I flew to Monterey to job hunt, and he is supposed to be flying in soon. However, last night I found out he … more

Community's sunny surface hides neighborhood grudges

DEAR ABBY — My wife and I live in a small town in the Northwest. After many years here, feeling that a warmer climate may be better for us, we decided to retire and move to a 55-plus … more

Best friend's invitation loses appeal as details are revealed

DEAR ABBY — My boyfriend's best friend asked if we could drive an hour to visit them and their children on Saturday. I've met her twice, and we have chatted a bit online. I have met her … more

Woman with anxiety disability is target of public skepticism

DEAR ABBY — I can't drive. It's not because I don't want to, but whenever I sit behind the wheel, I have panic attacks. I'm currently attending therapy for it, and progress is being made, … more

Hard work in gym pays off with arm-wrestling triumph

DEAR ABBY — I'm average, fitness-wise, and work in an office. My girlfriend, who is naturally athletic, has belonged to a gym for a year. Our two fitness paths collided when I was enjoying … more

Wife left home with kids longs to mingle with adults

DEAR ABBY - My husband, Tom, and I have three kids: One is in college, the next is in grade school and the youngest is a baby. I'm a full-time medical student, and he's a professional athlete. From the outside, it would seem like we have a … more

Search begins for recipes to replace lost heirlooms

DEAR ABBY - Due to some unfortunate family circumstances, I was devastated to discover that nearly all of my boxes of cherished recipes had been destroyed. I'm now starting over from scratch to collect special recipes I can pass down to my … more
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