The phone rings. You check your caller ID and see the incoming call is from your sister. Glancing at the calendar next to the phone, you see the upcoming Saturday is circled in red. You know it's your sister's birthday. And, you know she is calling to invite you to a birthday celebration.
As the phone continues to ring, one small tear escapes and rolls down your cheek. You won't take the call nor will you return it. You just add that family celebration to the growing list of events that you will have to avoid.
Your social life has disintegrated to what's on the television and takeout from a fast food restaurant.
At your workplace, you avoid making friends with co-workers because that might have put you at risk of a relationship that you can't participate in.