Help! My BGF has a serious medical condition
My guy friend was just diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I don’t know how to act around him because he has changed so much. He is very weird and alone now. When I text him, he doesn't answer. I’m worried. Is he OK?
Bill: Since fitting in is such a big part of being a teen, having a disease can be really tough. It’s great that you’re trying to stay connected. Maybe he’s worried that he might not be accepted, so he’s bringing the rejection on himself. Just treat him the way you always have, and ask your friends to do the same.
Dave: Your friend’s life has been turned upside down. While acknowledging the changes and giving him support are helpful, being consistent and just being his friend will go a long way in helping him out. When he wants to be alone, give him that space—but let him know you’re there for him if he needs you.