When my disabled friend was taking advantage of me, you saved our friendship | The SunNovember 4, 2022
DEAR DEIDRE: WHEN a disabled friend took advantage of my generosity, I wrote to you for advice.
He was single and struggling with his mobility, so asked me to help with some household chores.
We are both 58 and have known each other since college.
But after several years of travelling to his home after work to help him, I was feeling resentful.
I was spending money on petrol and had no free time for myself.
Somehow, I’d become his free cleaner.
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I didn’t want to fall out with him, though.
You sent me your Standing Up For Yourself support pack, which helped me to be straight with him without causing upset.
You also gave me details of Turn2us (turn2us.org.uk, 0808 802 2000), a charity which supplies details of available financial help, as well as Scope (scope.org.uk, 0808 800 3333) for people with disabilities.
After our chat, he understood he cannot lean on me, so sought help for himself.
Our relationship hasn’t suffered. Thanks for saving our friendship.
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