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Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I'm a 28-year-old woman. Until recently, I was building the life of my dreams. I was a musician, traveling around America in a Volkswagen bus with my boyfriend and bandmates, climbing up the ladder of success.

I was putting every fiber of who I was into this dream, and inspiring other people. Then, my mother became terminally ill due ...Read more

In-law reaction to cancer treatment creates rift

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: Lately I have become persona non-grata to my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Next to my wife, they have been my closest confidants for years.

Being so suddenly rejected by these two women really hurts.

They claim I could have gotten my wife into an experimental program for her stage 4 cancer and that I didn't. I have no idea what ...Read more

A tough diagnosis brings on unexpected generosity

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: A few months ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and am currently receiving chemotherapy. As it has come up, I've notified my (other) medical providers.

I have been a patient at a privately-owned and operated manual physical therapy company for a couple of years (receiving treatment for a 45-year-old neck injury).

I told my ...Read more

A tough diagnosis brings on unexpected generosity

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: A few months ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and am currently receiving chemotherapy. As it has come up, I've notified my (other) medical providers.

I have been a patient at a privately-owned and operated manual physical therapy company for a couple of years (receiving treatment for a 45-year-old neck injury).

I told my ...Read more

Baby might not bring troubled siblings together

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My only brother and I have always had a difficult relationship. About two years ago, we stopped talking completely.

When my husband and I found out that we were expecting our first child, I reached out to my brother to share the news. He was overjoyed, and we had a long conversation in which he apologized for his past behavior and ...Read more

Student ponders impact of workplace harassment

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am currently a first semester student at a highly selective professional school. Because of the public nature of our future occupation(s), as students we are insanely private in terms of our personal conduct and on social media. Still, friendships have developed within the group.

Seven of us are completing an externship together, ...Read more

Husband wants wife to shed some weight

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My wife has put on a few pounds, to the extent that it is probably not good for her long-term health.

My wife is attractive, takes good care of herself, and has no current health problems, but I am concerned that she's putting herself at risk for future health problems if she does not take measures now.

After a weight loss program to...Read more

Husband wants wife to shed some weight

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My wife has put on a few pounds, to the extent that it is probably not good for her long-term health.

My wife is attractive, takes good care of herself, and has no current health problems, but I am concerned that she's putting herself at risk for future health problems if she does not take measures now.

After a weight loss program to...Read more

Sister wrestles with addiction and homelessness

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I allowed my sister, her dog and her friend to stay at my house instead of being homeless and sleeping on the street. The problem is, they are both alcoholics and will not try to get help or try to get a job to pay some kind of rent.

I asked them both to make other living arrangements. They decided to sleep outside my house on the ...Read more

Sister wrestles with addiction and homelessness

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I allowed my sister, her dog and her friend to stay at my house instead of being homeless and sleeping on the street. The problem is, they are both alcoholics and will not try to get help or try to get a job to pay some kind of rent.

I asked them both to make other living arrangements. They decided to sleep outside my house on the ...Read more

Upcoming holidays create in-law drama

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am having in-law troubles.

About five years ago I asked my sisters-in-law if we could move the annual Christmas family gathering from a Sunday to a Saturday so that one of my kids could attend. He lives quite a distance away and would have to miss work on the Monday after if he attended the party. None of the others would miss a day...Read more

Family loan turns relative into scofflaw

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I lent some money to a young relative to buy a used truck. His mother thought that because he didn't have any credit record yet, he would learn to make payments on a regular basis by paying me, in addition to having a vehicle he needed for his job. We signed an agreement, which specified how much he would pay (both principal and a low ...Read more

Family loan turns relative into scofflaw

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I lent some money to a young relative to buy a used truck. His mother thought that because he didn't have any credit record yet, he would learn to make payments on a regular basis by paying me, in addition to having a vehicle he needed for his job. We signed an agreement, which specified how much he would pay (both principal and a low ...Read more

Reunion brings on fantasy and possible forgiveness

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My 45th college reunion is coming up.

I met "Jill" in our freshman year. We became friends immediately. We had a common interest in sports; I was on the baseball and basketball teams, and she was a cheerleader who possessed superb athletic ability.

We had a great platonic relationship and we were heading toward the next phase. But me...Read more

Mom wears a thong; girls want to follow suit

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am a 31-year-old mom. My two daughters are seven and five.

When we go to the beach, I always wear a thong or G-string bottom. My daughters have started to scrunch their bathing suit bottoms so their suits look like mine.

When we were shopping for new suits, my 7-year-old asked for a thong or G-string suit, just like the ones I wear...Read more

Husband is a Facebook troll

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have been active on Facebook for several years.

I generally use FB to keep in touch with friends I don't get to see often. I don't get too personal.

My husband has recently become much more active on Facebook. After leaving a corporate job last year and going into business for himself, I think he is feeling free to express his ...Read more

Recommendations to heal a wounded soul

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I had a bad childhood, where I was physically and emotionally abused by my mother. She was a single mother of four, and I am the oldest.

I am now responsible for my aged mother's care and finances.

I find myself very resentful and holding grudges from more than 40 years ago that interfere with my ability to be a loving daughter, ...Read more

Mother's pursuit may be pushing son away

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My college-aged son and his male friend, "Randall," were staying with us at our vacation home this summer. This was the first time we had met Randall.

Late one night, I went downstairs, assuming they had left the TV on and had gone to bed, and walked in on them in a state of undress during an intimate moment.

Both of them panicked, ...Read more

Mom's doggy day care raises hackles

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I moved in with my boyfriend fairly recently. His mother, "Betty," comes to the house every day while we are at work and lets the dogs out and helps in the yard.

We are totally fine with that and are openly very appreciative; she is a fantastic person and I'm grateful to be accepted into such an awesome family.

Amy, we have not asked...Read more

In-law wants to protect her investment with engaged couple

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I'm engaged to be married soon.

My fiancee bought a house last year, with a sizable down payment provided by her mother.

A few weeks ago, my future mother-in-law expressed the sentiment that we should wait to put my name on the deed of the house in order "to see how the marriage works out."

I understand that she wants to protect her...Read more

 

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