Thanks for that and yes, your comments are very related to what I posted. My dad went through a similar thing after his diagnosis with one of his friends that he had known for nearly 40 years. He used to bump into his friend every few weeks or so around here and they would talk a bit etc. Then after my dads diagnosis, he got the feeling that his friend didn't really know how to talk to him when they bumped into each other and I guess that dads friend found it hard to accept and just plain didn't know how to deal with it. When I used to bump into him, he would always ask me how dad was, how he was doing and to pass on his best etc. I am friends with my dads mates son too, we grew up together and have been friends for years and he is similar to his dad in that way, not comfortable about talking about stuff like that. He too would always ask about my dad and they were both at his funeral, but they just were not good at talking about certain things. I guess that some people are just that way. Me on the other hand, I'll talk about anything and talking about it all certainly helped me deal with everything, better for me I think than hiding it away and perhaps ignoring it. Human nature indeed Percy!
I can understand your professional friends loving seeing you and wanting to talk with you every time they see you in the hallway, and you know that we all love seeing you too!
For sure I'll be saying hi to my mum from you today as well, she loves hearing from you as well! 76, cold, ha! That's a good day for us! We even got up to near the 90's last week and that was blisteringly hot for us. Had thunder and lightening storms here these last few days and the rain has worked wonders for the gardens!
Stay strong my friend,