Following is an excerpt from my book, Reconciliation, A Son’s Story.
“I place a very high value on a hand full of friends in my life, including my own wife, Judy. Charles and Jim are two of my closest friends. My intense behavior and anxiety does represent a challenge for maintaining long and close friendships. Knowing more about my condition now makes me appreciate even more all those friends who put up with me for so many years. If I had known more about my condition earlier it would have been easier to manage friendships better. But for the most part there are very special memories that resulted from friends who had that extra patience with me and saw something that was genuine, someone they could count on and trust. And for me it was the same with all of these very close and dear friends of which I mention just two for now, Charles and Jim. There are others that may come up in this story later. I do miss Jim, who passed away at age 58, very much and think about him most days. He seems to be there reminding me of things that make a difference in my behavior and in the treatment of others.”