None of my friends have been in touch since my cycling accident

DEAR DEIDRE: I HAD a terrible cycling accident while taking part in a race just before the pandemic. I almost lost my leg and was in hospital for several weeks.

I had to have plates put in my legs and pelvis.

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I was forced to give up my job as a postman and my mother looked after me.

She has been amazing, which is more than can be said for anyone else.

Not one friend has come to see me or even called to see how I am.

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We are out of lockdown now and I’ve been forgotten about. It’s made me feel so down.

I’m 41 and feel so depressed.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Sometimes people find it difficult to know what to say and do in a crisis.

You are feeling stronger now, so reach out to your mates to see if you still have a friendship.

If not, try to accept some friendships are temporary – some people won’t stay with you for ever.

If you are not put off cycling by your accident, would you consider joining a local cycling club? The best place to make friends is through a mutual interest.

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