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.
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
Dr. Laurie finds that beauty, love and inspiration come hand-in-hand.
Dear Ms. Meniscus, My girlfriend doesn't want to have sex anymore. And she says I'm weird and want it too much. What do I do? -Frustrated in Philly
Dear Ms. Meniscus, My boyfriend is studying abroad in Canada and I think he's cheating on me. What do I do? -- Frustrated in France
As the tale explains, problems can unexpectedly overwhelm us. Dr. Laurie shows us how to prevent them from doing so.
Dear Ms. Meniscus, I have been married for 20 years and my husband eats very loudly all the time. I have tried turning up the TV during dinner to block out the sound and I can still hear him chewing. I have turned on music and have even asked him to try and quiet his audible chewing. He does nothing to reduce his chewing noise and I'm ready to divorce him over it. What can I do? -Irritated Wife
Dear Ms. Meniscus, My son is currently serving in Iraq. I miss him terribly. He's been gone now for the better part of four years. Though I'm incredibly proud of him, is it selfish of me to want him home? - Virginia Soldier's Momma
Knowing that you're not alone is one thing -- but how to maintain a semblance of control in your life? Dr. Laurie lays out a battle plan.
Dear Ms. Meniscus, People make me so angry at times: on the road, at the grocery store, at work. Instead of expressing my frustration, I keep it all inside -- like I'm supposed to. Wouldn't it be better to just let it out, even once? - Pete in Phoenix