#938: “My husband is dying and does not want to tell his parents. Should I intervene?”

Dear Captain– My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer last spring. At the time, it was considered not the worst possible type of cancer and he had a 70% chance of going into remission. He chose not to tell either of his parents (who have been divorced for 45 years) or anyone else on his … Continue reading #938: “My husband is dying and does not want to tell his parents. Should I intervene?”

#914: “I broke ties with my abusive parents as an adult. Now what?”

Hi excellent captain, Firstly I wanted to say that your blog has been, like, profoundly life-changingly important for me. I have two parents who are both, in their different ways, abusive. My mum has had a difficult past but can’t control her outbursts of destructive rage, and my dad is the more cool, calm, evil … Continue reading #914: “I broke ties with my abusive parents as an adult. Now what?”

#890: “I have chronic pain and need to quit my job. How do I tell a) my boss and b) my skeptical parents?”

Hi Captain Awkward, To make a long story short, I was recently diagnosed with a genetic condition that explains why I’ve had full back pain for the past five years. In those five years between symptom onset and a diagnosis the pain has just gotten worse. I’m only 19 and going to university but I … Continue reading #890: “I have chronic pain and need to quit my job. How do I tell a) my boss and b) my skeptical parents?”

#741: Visiting parents and a short “Boundary Practice” course.

Dear Captain, My parents keep visiting me over the summer and living in my apartment on my couch. One of my parents is looking for a job both in my current state and in the state of my hometown (where she actually officially lives when she is not visiting me). She sometimes has interviews out … Continue reading #741: Visiting parents and a short “Boundary Practice” course.

#606: How do I come out to my abusive parents about being on antidepressants?

Dear Captain,  I need scripts, and I need them ASAP. I have 24 years of reasons (emotional abuse and toxic family environment) to hide why I am on antidepressants from my parents, and I have been doing so successfully for a year, paying for them out of pocket, because I am on a medication where … Continue reading #606: How do I come out to my abusive parents about being on antidepressants?

#578: How do I tell my parents that my spouse and I are thinking of starting a family? Spoiler: Don’t just yet.

Ahoy Captain & Company! I have a question that is not 100% relevant yet, but may be in the next few weeks. My husband “A” and I are planning on starting a family. Although we are young (by the time any baby is born, I will be 23 and A will be 25), we have … Continue reading #578: How do I tell my parents that my spouse and I are thinking of starting a family? Spoiler: Don’t just yet.