I find the hardest part of living with a chronic illness is NOT making it the focus of my whole life. I'm sure that sometimes people think I focus too much on it - and I really try hard NOT to do that. But, let's face it - it becomes something you have to focus on a lot just to manage it well. That tends to turn me inward more than is probably healthy for me, or for my relationships.
So, I'm working hard to find a balance: I focus on those things that I must manage about my illness, but I try to turn my focus outward - on other people, things happening around me, the weather, anything - more than inward when I can. I'm guessing it'll make me a little easier to be around. And then maybe people will be more understanding when I DO talk about what's happening with me.
"If you trust Google more than you trust your doctor than maybe it's time to switch doctors."