2 issues I would like to share with you
Firstly a friend of mine who was the Australian of the year a prestigious award in Australia. She has 6children is the top researcher in skin repair after a burn and. Was the main dr helping the victims of the Baili bombing burns a few years ago. She is a high researcher and when she gives a talk she always says if you come across a negative person never enter into research with them just turn your self and find someone who is positive. I would advise you to surround your self with people who support you not put down and those who understand you. Your friend with the stroke is not a true friend. In your life you will come across people like that and nothing often will change them so surround yourself with people who accept you for yourself and who support you in your flareups.
Point 2 I would like to mention. Since I have been using a walking stick I have founrpd so many friendly people who support me so much because they can see I have difficulty with,y health. Even walking in the shops if I drop something and I am using my walking stick people jump to pick it up for me. Also mothers with children immediately say to their children to walk around me and not to trip me. I will apply for a parking disability sticker and if things go the same as my starting to use my walking stick I will be treated a little more considerate. If I am not treated reasonably I just stop and look at the person and they get the idea. I hope my experiences can offer you encouragement to lift your expectations to enable your friends and shoppers treat you with more understanding.