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Kathleen and Andrea were friends for a dozen years. After her fiancé left her, Andrea withdrew from her relationship with Kathleen. "It wasn't just that I pulled away because of the embarrassment of the situation, but also in the embarrassment of how I looked," Andrea says. "I felt very much like I was a failure. I absolutely didn't want her to see how I've let myself go."

Kathleen says she didn't know how deeply her friend was hurting. She had tried to contact Andrea multiple times, but Andrea never returned her calls. "I just figured she needed time and she kind of put me on hold," Kathleen says. "But I always knew that we'd eventually connect."
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Published on October 31, 2005

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