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Abigail Van Buren

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Dear Abby | Parents fall short on promises to help their ailing daughter

Dear Abby: I suffer from a debilitating, rare, chronic illness.

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Dear Abby | Message left on voicemail embarrasses bulimia patient

Dear Abby: My psychiatrist’s office called and left a very sensitive voicemail about my bulimia on a message machine shared with other individuals.

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Dear Abby | Mother fears past abuser has now targeted her son

This female relative has been asking about my son on social media because she has seen him in pictures with Bryan’s family.

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Dear Abby | Longtime employee is irked by colleagues’ work ethics

Dear Abby: I am almost 62 and struggling to get through the day at work.

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Dear Abby | Former Plain Jane becomes obsessed with her looks

Dear Abby: When I was in my teens, and even into my 20s and 30s, I was a Plain Jane.

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Dear Abby | Gamer boyfriend scores low points while visiting mom

Dear Abby: My daughter and her boyfriend have been together for four years.

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Dear Abby | Woman’s higher income may bruise her boyfriend’s ego

Dear Abby: My boyfriend, “Hal,” and I have been dating for a year and a half, living together for six months.

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Dear Abby | Man vacillates over inviting late wife’s mom to wedding

Dear Abby: My wife passed away two years ago at age 40 after a long bout with cancer.

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Dear Abby | Couple celebrates 50 years together with Abby’s blessing

When I was 16 and wanted to get married, my father suggested I write to Dear Abby

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Dear Abby | World travelers mooch rides to the airport from friends

Dear Abby: We have some friends who take a couple of expensive extended vacations each year.

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Dear Abby | Mother and grandmother clash over girl’s living arrangements

Dear Abby: How old does a child have to be before she is able to choose a relative to live with?

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Dear Abby | Strings attached to son’s gift has mother tied up in knots

My son bought me a car in 2012. I had no idea he was doing it. He traded my car in for this newer car.

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Dear Abby | Wife of man with Parkinson’s wants to start dating others

I’m a 72-year-old married woman. My husband has atypical Parkinson’s and can no longer talk or walk.

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Dear Abby | Family splinters in response to transgender son-in-law

Dear Abby: Our daughter, “Joan,” and her husband, “Frank,” have been married 19 years.

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Dear Abby | Woman freed from cooking is not eager to dive back in

Dear Abby: I’m a 64-year-old woman, divorced for 27 years.

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Dear Abby | Pregnant worker fears reprisal from ‘boys club’ management

Dear Abby: A few months ago, I informed my bosses I was pregnant.

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Dear Abby | Graduate longs to distance himself from family strife

Dear Abby: I’m an 18-year-old guy who’s having troubles regarding my family.

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Dear Abby: Relative gladly funds niece’s insurance, but not vacations

Relative no longer wants to pay health insurance if niece continue to vacation.

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Dear Abby | Marriage is in big trouble over husband’s little lies

Dear Abby: I have been married to my husband for 22 years.

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Dear Abby | Family is silently horrified by sister’s midlife crisis

Dear Abby: My middle-aged younger sister is 12 months into a midlife crisis.

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Dear Abby | Friendship marred by man’s harsh treatment of his wife

Dear Abby: I have a good male friend whose company I have enjoyed very much.

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Dear Abby | Celibacy before marriage puts extra urgency on setting a date

Dear Abby: I’m a 50-year-old male engaged to be married to my elementary school sweetheart, “Marie.”

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Dear Abby | Online guide helps parents recognize child depression

Seeing a child you love struggle with depression is such a helpless feeling.

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Dear Abby | Job applicant is devastated when dream falls through

Dear Abby: I recently was rejected for a job that would have turned into a career.

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Dear Abby | Grandma plans to recoup loan from grandson’s inheritance

Dear Abby: I co-signed a college loan for my grandson.

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Dear Abby | Man comes up short learning how to date in high school

Dear Abby: At what point does a man finally give up hope of finding a mate and accept that he may end up alone?

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Dear Abby | Foot-dragging boyfriend puts engagement on endless hold

Dear Abby: I’m 28 and have been dating my boyfriend, “Spencer,” for 2 1/2 years.

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Dear Abby | Neighbor wants to reach out after death of young mother

Dear Abby: I have just learned that a neighbor lost his wife.

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Dear Abby | Love wasn’t enough to keep man close to grandparents

Dear Abby: I love my grandson dearly.

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Dear Abby | Single mom puts real effort into socializing with couples

Dear Abby: I have an answer for a question from “Excluded in the East” you printed on Sept. 24: “Why do married couples exclude single people?”

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Dear Abby | Runaway granddaughter avoids grandma’s attempts to connect

Dear Abby: My 18-year-old granddaughter ran away twice last year.

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Dear Abyy | Eighth-grader issues warning after friend shares nude photo

Dear Abby: I’m writing to you about an experience I had that might be useful to girls my age and older.

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Dear Abby | Card players must grapple with friend’s failing memory

Dear Abby: I play cards with a group of men I have known for more than 20 years.

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Dear Abby | Whole family’s safety is put at risk by domestic violence

Dear Abby: I grew up watching my mom being abused by her husband.

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Dear Abby | Ride in vintage car makes passenger fear for her life

Dear Abby: Recently a friend came over and took me to lunch.

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Dear Abby | Both patience and pocketbook are worn thin by grandkids

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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Dear Abby | Make the most of a new year by taking one day at a time

Welcome to 2018! A new year has arrived, and with it our chance for a new beginning.

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Dear Abby | Animal advocate says waste lures wildlife into danger

Dear Abby: I am president and co-founder of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, one of the leading teaching and research hospitals for wildlife medicine in the world.

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Dear Abby | Patient’s romantic feelings for doctor cause confusion

I started seeing a new doctor six months ago to be treated for a serious medical condition.

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Dear Abby | Husband loses desire for wife after witnessing her overdose

Dear Abby: I have been married for three years to a woman who is very beautiful inside and out.

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Dear Abby: Couple’s oft-chilly marriage is subzero following election

Dear Abby: I’m at a loss as to how to stay in my 21-year marriage.

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Dear Abby | Resentment over brief affair has divided family for years

Dear Abby: Seventeen years ago, I had a (minor) tryst with my wife’s sister.

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Dear Abby | Houseful of extended family leaves no room for girlfriend

Dear Abby: I am a 56-year-old woman who has been with my boyfriend for seven years.

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Dear Abby | European vacation plans are tripped up by broken ankle

Dear Abby: I had planned a trip to Europe with my friend “Elizabeth,” a friend of hers and Elizabeth’s daughter.

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Dear Abby | Family split by repercussions of a long-repressed assault

Dear Abby: I am estranged from my sister, whom I love dearly.

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Dear Abby | Other woman cheats on man who’s cheating on his wife

A year ago, my husband confessed that he was having an affair at work

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Dear Abby | Karaoke fans have more love for singing than talent

His wife isn't actually that great

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Dear Abby | Daughter searches for ways to share christmas with mom

Dear Abby: My parents have been divorced for 15 years.

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Dear Abby | Dad is obsessed with who will inherit his possessions

Dear Abby: My father – aged 68, active and in good health – has become increasingly obsessed with deciding who will get which of his belongings when he passes.

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