Struggling to socialize with illness



March 11, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Dear Carolyn: I am chronically ill but work full time and am literally able to do little else other than work and take care of my home. Socializing is exhausting for me, doing it out of the house more so, and even when it is wholly limited to weekends, too much means I can’t go to work on Monday.

I’ve lost nearly all of my friends due to this — even a woman whose wedding I was in just under two years ago now rarely calls. How does one remain social when people don’t really want to be friends with someone who is ill and often housebound? — Can’t Socialize

Answer: I’m sorry you’re in this position, and your friends haven’t been willing to accommodate you more.

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