While Madame Ms. Meniscus is away on a much deserved summer vacation, we invite her dear readers to play Advice lady and offer up their own counsel. Simply give yourself a nickname and type your advice into the section below usually reserved for questions. We will print the best answers in the next newsletter.

Here’s your question:

Dear Madame:

I am a 35-year-old woman who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis three year ago. Many days I am in pain and can hardly get out of bed. I am married with three children and found it too difficult to keep my job and keep up with the kids so now I’m home all day. The problem is my mother-in-law who lives in an apartment attached to the house. She thinks I am faking being sick because she says, “I don’t look sick.” The thing is she’s sneaky about it. She acts all nice in front of my husband but when he’s  not around she’ll suddenly swoop down on me if she sees me doing something (like gardening) when I’m feeling better. She’s driving me crazy. Please advise.

–Annie in Pennsylvania