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Dear Abby: Boyfriend is a serial heartbreaker

Dear Abby: My boyfriend of 10 years, “Scott,” and I separated last year. I was pregnant and hormonal at the time, and told him we would never get back together. We went a month without contact, then reconnected.

While Scott was in the process of working things out with me, he had a girlfriend. He made it seem like not a big deal, but apparently it was more serious. He told her that she was the love of his life and that he didn’t want to lose her, etc. When our daughter was born five months later, he told me he was done with the other woman. They talked for a month after our baby arrived, and then he cut her off.

I recently found some old messages between them, and my heart shattered all over again. Scott says that it was all a joke and that he never meant any of it. The text messages imply otherwise.

I don’t know if I should take another break to clear my head, or wait until my heartache passes. Please help.

– Emotional in the South

Dear Emotional: If you were convinced that Scott has been completely honest, I doubt you would have searched his message history. As to his relationship with the other woman being a “joke,” I doubt she was laughing when – after hearing she was the love of his life and he didn’t want to lose her – he announced it was over.

You appear to like drama. You brought this on when you told Scott the two of you would “never” reconcile. I do think you should take a break until you are less emotional, because the choices you have made so far haven’t been entirely rational.

Living entirely on soft drinks

Dear Abby: I live on soft drinks. I don’t eat real food. I exist solely on massive amounts of soda – two 2-liter bottles a day. If I put food in my stomach, it’s usually bread or candy.

I don’t binge and purge. Because I’m never hungry, I don’t look at it as starving myself. The last time I tried to get off the soda, I got sick to my stomach, lightheaded and felt out of sorts. I don’t know if I’m addicted to the caffeine, the sugar or both. I want to be able to go to a restaurant on a date and eat like a normal person.

This liquid diet is slowly killing me, and I need help.

– Stuck in South Carolina

Dear Stuck: It appears you have an eating disorder. Because your doctor and your therapist both seem unable to understand that and help you, consider replacing them. You should also consult a licensed nutritionist who is a registered dietitian.

Caffeine and sugar withdrawal can both cause the symptoms you describe. Neither is “fun,” and both can cause headaches and more. You may have to wean yourself rather than quit cold turkey, and a nutritionist can help create an eating program just for you.