Hi PJ555 I've read your story and a simiular thing happened to me when I became ill. I lost several "friends" that I was close to and one that was a life long. I thought about it and wondered why they abandoned me after all that weve been through and all that I had done for them. I was there for them through some harsh stuff "mentally and financially" and when it was my turn they were gone in a flash.... After some time I got over the fact that they werent real friends and got bitter at myself for not seeing it. Now I've realized that what is actually happened is that certain people just cant deal with the stress of watching someone they love fall on harsh times and just need to distance themselves from that burdon. Its just human nature that some people aren't strong enough for the challenge. Even though your "friend" is a Dr. and is able to work with very sick people he/she may just cannot find a way to deal with watching someone they love through bad times. I'm just speculating and cant say for sure but this is only my experience.
Whatever the case,the friends you make from now on will have a better foundation to develop from since they know you as you are now. It was tough on me but it passess through several stages to get over.
I forgave them....
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much
Call me Jimmy;-)
Cirrhosis,osteoarthritis,back,knee,hip, extreme flat foot,falling arches, hammertoe,out-toing and bone spurs(will be requiring major foot surgery on both feet). Had kidney tumor removed.Neuropathy- deteriating nerves,Osteomyelitis and Insomnia Hoping to be diagnosed with a good sense of humor ;-)