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#559: Does “can’t be in a relationship right now” always mean “…with you”? Spoiler: Yup. Sorry.

Dear sifters of potentially-answerable awkwardness, I’ve had a lover of the very best kind for the past ~9 months, healthiest relationship I’ve ever been in, and we both had started to talk about, you know… we could see us together for a long time. I feel respected and heard and loved and the sex is […]

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## 556: What’s the difference between “can’t” and “I’m scared, don’t wanna?”

Dear Captain Awkward, I’m a 25-year-old living at home with my parents; I received a BA in English/Creative Writing about two years ago, and I haven’t done much of anything since then. I’ve been struggling with depression and anxiety (especially social anxiety) for practically my whole life, and a couple months ago I was also […]

#537: How Can I Suggest Ways for People to Actually Be Supportive?

Hi Captain et al, Like a number of commenters here, I have a chronic, incurable (not deadly) illness. I am really quite ill, it has a huge effect on my life and, advances in medical science notwithstanding, I will be very ill for the REST OF MY LIFE. But I get on with it, because […]

#534: Cancer support or pity dating?

Dear Captain Awkward, Recently, an old friend began messaging me on social media to tell me that he had cancer. Initially, I was shocked to hear that he’d been diagnosed with (an unspecified) form of cancer. He’s the same age as I am (24) and, from what I’d seen when we were closer, led an […]

#524: How do I fight with my partner without ruining everything?

Dear Captain Awkward (And Awkwardeers), I’ve been in a fantastic relationship with my partner for a few years now. He’s incredibly supportive of my mental health, and complements my personality perfectly. However, and this may seem a silly concern, I’m worried about the fact that we never argue. Basically, I’m concerned that this might mean […]

#514: Justifying Your Deviance From Ordinary In A Work Setting

Oh Captain my Captain!     For medical reasons I won’t go into here (long explanation with a bit of gross) I wear an eyepatch on my left eye, which may well become a permanent addition to my wardrobe, since I am rapidly going blind in that eye and it looks really weird and creeps people out, […]

#487: I use a wheelchair, and people are condescending as fuck.

Dear Captain Awkward: I’m woman in my late 30s who uses a power wheelchair due to a medical condition that causes severe physical fatigue. Often, strangers – retail staff, waitstaff, members of the general public – assume that because I use a power wheelchair, I have an intellectual disability. I don’t. I have a university […]

#459: Do I have to destroy my health to be in grad school?

I’m in grad school for creative writing. It’s hard. Right now, I’m taking three classes, which means that I’m reading 500-plus pages a week, in addition to commenting on my classmates’ writing and producing a poem every week. Plus, I’m teaching a basic composition course for struggling writers, and a literature course (for the first […]

#398: I’m tired of explaining my medical condition and food choices to “helpful” folks.

As of 11/29/2012, comments on this entry are closed. Hi Captain! I’ve had type 1 diabetes for nearly my whole life (18 years), and I’ve graduated college and moved away from home. As I’m very open about having T1D, I’m often asked about what diabetes is, what the difference is between type 1 and 2 […]

#239: How can I make my husband get his health on?

Dear Captain Awkward, My husband and I have been together for four years, married for two. We generally have an awesome relationship, but there’s this one thing that’s getting on my nerves. He doesn’t look after his health.


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