If you have the opportunity to pick up a book entitled "But You Don't Look Sick"......my doctor and his partner wrote that book and it helped me so much. I have shared it with those people who I feel genuinely don't know how to respond and are afraid to ask. It has helped me and them immensely.
The reactions, stares, cruel and uncaring statements don't bother me any more. I've seen the "what goes around - comes around fairy at work"...unfortunately, that's the only way some people learn.
Keep your heart protected and know that your kindness shines a far brighter light and has a much longer lasting impression than the "bozo" without a clue.
I consider this place such a wonderful place to come vent, share, catch up on "old' friends.....I LOVE IT HERE, SO VERY MUCH.
Take care of your heart, let God keep you in all safe places....and most of all I pray for you peace - that this journey you and I are on is not for the lighthearted - nor for sissies - so we lay our armour down at the end of the day....and put on our suits of love, encouragement, determination, compassion....and we carry our briefcases loaded with God's promises:
Take care friend,
"I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly." - unknown