My friends and family tell me that I don’t have to tell everyone I have MS and I agree. However, I think it would just be easier if everybody knew. I feel like I’m keeping a secret and I don’t know why it should be a secret.
I often find myself in awkward conversations because of this. Sometimes I have to tell a little lie or I just don’t say what I want to say because the person I’m talking to doesn’t know I have MS (or worse, one person knows and the other one doesn’t). It’s kind of a heavy topic and I don’t want to make others talk about sad things. If I mention it I feel like I will have to do a 30 minute explanation before we can continue the conversation.
I basically feel like I have to hide that I have MS and I don’t want that anymore, but at the same time I don’t want people to think I’m complaining. I just want it to be normal!
Does anyone recognize this situation? How do you cope with this?