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Today’s Birthdays: Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikof­f is

78. Rock musician Michael Wilton (Queensrych­e) is 59. TV personalit­y/ businessma­n Daymond John (TV: “Shark Tank”) is

52. Country singer Steve Holy is 49. Actor Kelly Macdonald is 45. Rapper Residente (Calle 13) is

43. Actor Josh Gad is 40. Actor Aziz Ansari is 38. Actor Tye White (TV: “Greenleaf ”) is 35. Actor Dakota Fanning is 27

Dear Abby:

My husband and I suffered a miscarriag­e five months ago, in the 12th week. I’m still not doing well. I have put on a facade to get by, but I’m just starting to realize how deeply this is affecting my life.

I used to be a happy, friendly person. Always a smile on my face and laughter to be shared and hugs for my loved ones. Since the miscarriag­e, I put on a fake smile and try to be who I once was, but I can’t keep doing it. Every day there is a moment from that day or the aftermath that floods my mind. I’m angry, bitter, mad at the unfairness, and I no longer have compassion or sympathy for others.

This isn’t me. I don’t want to be this way. My happiness has been replaced with tears and sadness.

I no longer want to try to get pregnant again because the fear of the physical and emotional pain of another miscarriag­e has me paralyzed. Any advice you might give would be greatly appreciate­d.

— Broken in Missouri

Dear Broken:

Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your child. You are grieving, and the emotions you are feeling are to be expected.

Please schedule an appointmen­t with your OB/GYN and tell your doctor about all of these feelings, because the doctor can refer you to someone who can help you work through this. It will take time, but I assure you it is doable.

Dear Abby:

My boyfriend and I have been together for close to a year now. In the beginning, we were crazy about each other and everything was great.

Our hometowns are two hours apart so, to make it work, he bought us a house right in between. It was an hour each way to our parents’ houses. I thought it was the perfect compromise. But now he’s telling me he isn’t happy here in our new town, and he needs to sell the house and move back home.

He says he still wants to be with me and that we are going to make it work, but I can’t help but be scared that this is gonna be the end of our relationsh­ip. Should I tough it out and see if we can actually make it work?

— Mixed Up in Massachuse­tts

Dear Mixed Up:

You left out one important fact in your letter to me. WHY does your boyfriend need to sell the house you share and move back home? Is he so closely tied to his parents that being an hour away is too far? Is it work-related? Ask him these questions because the answers will tell you what you can expect.

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ABBY

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