Dear Abby: I'm 12 and weigh 204 pounds. I feel really fat and I want to go on a diet, but my mom won't let me. I'm getting bad grades in gym class and need your help.
Dear Abby: My parents and sister live three hours away, so my family stays with me when they come to town. Over the last few years, I've noticed things began to disappear from my home.
Dear Abby: I have been with my fiance since 2006.
Dear Abby: I am a 38-year-old woman who has been dating a 41-year-old man for seven months. He's wonderful and treats me magnificently. We have similar values and interests and are very much in love.
Dear Abby: My little girl was born with a heart defect. She made it through the first heart surgery, but passed away a week later right in front of me while the doctors and nurses tried to save her.
Dear Abby: I have been seeing my boyfriend, 'Casey,' for a year. He has said throughout our courtship that we could get married in four to five years.
Dear Abby: My fiancee and I are getting married next summer. Last summer, my closest friend — a woman — was murdered. Her husband was charged with the crime. Both of them were to be a part of the wedding party. The husband, 'Frank,' was to be my best man.
Dear Abby: I was married to a man who ruled my every move. After years of torture and abuse, I finally became frightened enough to leave. Since then I have met a wonderful, caring, loving man who I wouldn't trade for the world.
Dear Abby: May I address a question you printed on July 24? 'Where Are the Good Guys?' has trouble meeting men and wrote about seeking sexual partners on Craigslist. You answered that there were no good men there.
Dear Abby: I have been dating my boyfriend, 'Jose,' for a year. Before that, we were friends for five years. Ever since I've known him, he and his half-sister, 'Blanca,' have danced together at parties. We're all in our mid-20s.
Dear Abby: I am a 15-year-old girl. Recently I made a new friend, 'Mandy,' and confided to her about my dark past of depression. When I explained how I used to cut myself, she burst into tears and told me she had cut herself the day before.
Dear Abby: My 23-year-old daughter is out of control and has been since she was 16. She has a 2-year-old daughter, but she lives her life on the edge. She spends her days on the Internet meeting strange men and going out with them in private places. On the weekends, she drops her daughter here and takes off.
Dear Abby: I love my husband very much. Until the last few years there have never been any problems in our 20-year marriage. I have depression and epilepsy, and I am on five different medications for them.
Dear Abby: My husband and I want to start a family, but until now our circumstances have not made this possible. After a big move and starting a new business, we have decided it's about time.
Dear Abby: I am attracted to a man who is 27 years my junior. He is also attracted to me because he initiated our meeting. We have gone out a few times, and he ...
Dear Abby: My mother-in-law tends to embrace every pitiful creature she comes into contact with. This Thanksgiving she has invited my ex-boyfriend and his wife ...
Dear Abby: I'm a senior in high school. Every day during lunch, one of my friends goes outside and smokes weed with a couple of his friends. He comes back from ...
Dear Abby: This is my wife's second marriage. When we were dating, she led me to believe that I was the second sexual partner she had ever had.
Dear Abby: I'm writing regarding 'Lost for Words,' who skipped her 10-year high school reunion because she was bullied in school. (She is now receiving ...
Dear Abby: With the holidays approaching, a reminder is in order. People: Don't forget those thank-you notes! I don't mean an email, but a REAL, honest-to-gosh ...
Dear Abby: I have been with my partner, 'Harold,' for 11 years. After gay marriage passed here in Minnesota, Harold told me he didn't want to marry me because ...
Dear Abby: My daughter 'Jenny,' her husband, 'Bob,' and their three dogs live with my husband and me in our home. We live on a fairly busy road. The dogs used ...
Dear Abby: I'm a single woman who has had a string of unsuccessful relationships. When a man is into me, I'm not into him and vice versa.
Dear Abby: I am a 25-year-old woman with a food allergy. Last year I was a guest at a Thanksgiving dinner where the host insisted I could eat the food 'since ...
Dear Abby: Veterans Day is next week, and I hope you'll address something I have encountered over the years. I am a Navy veteran who served four years as a ...
Dear Abby: For 21/2 years I have taken care of my daughter without the help of her father. He pays child support only when the courts threaten to throw him in ...
Dear Abby: I was picked on and bullied as a child. I was very insecure and dealt with low self-esteem. Through counseling I was able to overcome these issues ...
Dear Abby: Recently I took a cue from my sister and her career Navy husband. They always make it a point to thank anyone they see in military uniform for ...
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Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. It is the most popular and widely syndicated column in the world -- known for its uncommon common sense and youthful perspective.
Abby began working at age 14 under the tutelage of her mother, who founded the Dear Abby column. As a young girl, Abby answered letters from other teens under the training and supervision of her mother. In 1987, Abby assumed all the writing responsibilities for Dear Abby.
Abby receives more than 10,000 letters and e-mails per week. More than 80 percent of the correspondence she receives comes from readers between 18 and 49. The majority of the rest comes from people under 18.
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