July 30, 2011 in Features

Annie’s Mailbox: Groups can offer transplant facts

Kathy Mitchell/Marcy Sugar
Contact Annie’s Mailbox

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@ comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Dear Annie: My husband is going to be evaluated for a lung transplant next month, but he is having second thoughts. I asked the doctor if he could put my husband in touch with people who have undergone this surgery and was surprised that he couldn’t help me.

I want my husband to have all the facts before he decides one way or the other and would be grateful for your help. – Theresa in Florida

Dear Theresa: Try Second Wind Lung Transplant Association ( 2ndwind.org) at 1-888-855-9463 and Transplant Recipients International Organization ( trioweb.org) at 1-800-TRIO-386 (1-800-874-6386). We wish your husband all the best.

Dear Annie: I am writing in response to “Tired of Living with Silent Bob,” whose wife of 20 years gets angry over little things on a daily basis.

I, too, suffered from anger over every little thing. Talking to counselors did nothing. I finally discussed it with my doctor, who diagnosed me with clinical depression and put me on medication. What a change! Clinical depression is a daily battle, but with medication, I’m able to be less angry. – BTDT

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