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CJ News & Views

The Noisy Chewer

My sister chews so loudly at the breakfast table, I feel like my head is going to explode. How do I make it stop? -- Nathan in Newark

The Friend Who Bails

My friend keeps bailing on me when we make plans together. I had to eat dinner alone -- again -- the other night because of this. What do I do? -- Sam in Salem

The Remote Controller

My husband refuses to let me hold the remote when we're watching TV. What should I do? -- Mary in Mississippi

The Step After Dating ...

Last time I wrote about dating and arthritis. This week, I came across two different articles that address the next level of a relationship when you have arthritis -- sexuality and intimacy.

I Have Arthritis. Who Would Want To Date Me?

A reader wrote in to Ms. Meniscus worried that -- because of her arthritis diagnosis -- no one would possibly want to date her. Dr. Laurie steps in to shine light on a relationship problem all-too-common for autoimmune disease patients.

The Lonely, Single Arthritic

Despite having a total hip replacement, and obvious joint deformities of the hands, I am a dance teacher and hide things very well. I never let anyone get too close and now I'm terrified of ending up alone. What do I do? -- J in Jasper

The Distant Son

My son and I used to have conversations all night long -- giggling and telling jokes, he telling me about his day, his dreams, the future. But we don't talk anymore. One day it just stopped. What can I do to bring that back? -- Mary in Maine

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