My friend treats me like her secretary and only messages me when she wants something

DEAR DEIDRE: I’M exhausted as my friend treats me like her secretary and only messages me when she wants something.

We worked together for ten years and then she moved to retire near the seaside.

She was always a moaner and she emails me about all of her family problems.

If I don’t reply quickly she says: “Did you read my email? Why haven’t you replied?”

She also asks me to print and post things to her. She even sent me legal papers to look through about her mum’s will.

Yet she didn’t send me a birthday card last month for my 60th. She’s 62.

That was enough for me and I’ve cooled things so now she’s texting asking: “Why are you ignoring me?”

I’m not confrontational but I feel exhausted by her. Am I being cruel by ignoring her?

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DEIDRE SAYS: She clearly doesn’t have many people in her life and times are tough for anyone living alone.

It’s a shame she forgot your birthday but it’s probably just an oversight.

Why not tell her how you feel? Many people aren’t aware of how they come across.

My e-leaflet Standing Up For Yourself can help you be assertive.

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