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Ask Amy: Grandmother wants to help granddaughter’s recovery

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I have a beautiful, smart and wonderful 16-year-old granddaughter who is anorexic.

She has been at a special care facility for the past two months and will be returning home within a couple of weeks.

Of course, this is a very emotional and difficult time for her parents, and the whole family.

My question to you is: What do I say to this child? How should I behave with her? Should I talk to her about her sickness?

People tell me to just be myself, but this myself wants to hug her for a long time.

At this point in time, she doesn’t allow hugging or touching.


Is there a support group for grandparents I could access?

My whole being hurts so much when I think of the suffering my daughter, son-in-law and her 14-year-old sister are going through!

I truly want to be the grandma who has always supported and loved her.

– Hurting Grandma


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