I'm new to this forum. My father is a stroke survivor (he's had 2 strokes in the last 6 months) and my mom was just recently diagnosed with cancer. On top of dealing with these caregiving issues, I find that my friends are a constant source of disappointment for me. And it really hurts.
I'm just wondering whether others have experienced similar issues with their friends?
I've moved back into my parents' home (which is in the suburbs). Most of my friends are single, and living up the party lifestyle in the city...they make no effort to visit me in the 'burbs, and I find I get very little or no response from them when I do call for help.
Of course, they continue to email me with messages like "I have no idea what you must be going through...call me anytime if you'd like to talk." And when I do call, they are quick to dismiss me or move on to the trivial matters in their "shallow" lives.
What do I do now? Do I just write them all off? Do I look for new friends? The idea of opening dialogue with them to try and rebuild our friendship has me feeling exhausted. Any suggestions, anyone?