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Boyfriend goes AWOL; After getting ghosted, send him a letter and move on

Dear Annie: I was in a nine-month relationship up until about a month ago. Without going into a lot of detail, the guy I was seeing decided to ghost me without any warning. We had a great conversation on Thursday, and then on Friday morning, he blocked my calls, emails, etc. I have no idea ...

Challenging the ‘no food after midnight before surgery’ rule

DEAR DR. ROACH: Why is it that no matter what time a surgery is scheduled, the rule is “no food or drink after midnight”? My recent procedure was scheduled for 12:30 p.m. I was told I could have no food after midnight. My procedure would take two hours and recovery was for two hours. ...

Is this friendship worth keeping? Pam with more than Joey and is worth keeping

Dear Annie: I’ve been with my significant other for almost three years now. We live together and have a pretty good life. I have a child from a previous relationship who’s in high school. My significant other has no kids, but he is very involved with extracurricular activities and is a ...

Women: Don’t ignore chest pain or discomfort

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been having pains and discomfort in my chest area for over a month now. I am a woman and in my early 30s. My doctor says my heart is OK, but I can’t help but wonder. The pain is mostly in the right side of the chest but will stretch to the left and recently, I feel like ...

Is the problem physical or mental? Could be both

Dear Annie: I’m struggling with a situation I can no longer handle. My husband has a long history of periodically “falling ill” with mystery illnesses the doctors treat as minor everyday issues, but which inevitably result in his being unable to function. He is not able to work, help with ...

Dysplasic mole increases future risk of melanoma

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently went to my dermatologist because I noticed a dark mole I hadn’t seen before. He did a biopsy, and it was called a “moderately dysplastic nevus.” He recommended removal, which was done right away. During the appointment he mentioned that I am now at greater risk ...