Get What Is Needed
It made me realize that although the disease may take a different course over time, beliefs, assumptions, and perceptions of many people often stay the same. When you read through the posts, there is no doubt in my mind you have been in or encountered several of those situations yourself.
Others have a hard time accepting you are in terrible pain when they can't see any evidence of what is ailing you. You would be better off with a broken leg then the excruciating pain in the joints of your knees. Where the cast instantly is associated with pain, your slow walk without any physical evidence isn't.
You can't change how or what people think. They are the ones who can and have to do that. The only way to get all the information needed for making good decisions and finding out the truth is by asking. Offering the information voluntarily is often useless, because they are not interested and it will not be received, or received well.
Those who truly care and want to know will ask. As far as the others are concerned; we can only hope and pray they will be able to overcome their assumption that they already know. Pride is not something to be proud of and it usually prevents from getting what is desperately needed!
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.