Here’s the thing about me: I’m constitutionally incapable of not sharing my own personal information. I don’t know why, but I’m compelled to tell you all about everything. The catchphrase is, “With Lori, there’s no mystery.”
So, while I know that there are plenty of people with plenty of excellent reasons not to talk about living with MS, I am not those people. My family knows; my friends know; my boss knows; and I bring it up with random strangers (if we already have a reason to be chatting; I’m not that random).
Having MS is just part of who I am now, and I talk about it that way. I know that I’m lucky to not have any repercussions at work. I’m lucky to have friends that understand when I vanish for periods of time. I’m lucky that I can be candid about my health in so many ways, so I’m never critical of anyone who chooses to use more discretion. I just wish the situation were such that no one felt they had to be silent.