It's tough dealing with the elephant in the room scenario. I know we have chatted in the past about the same issue.
I chose to just get on with it , didn't mention it for 3 yrs and people left me alone and respected my way of dealing with the diagnosis basically what I call the denial stage where I changed from woman to ostrich.
Anyway, for the past 5 years have wanted others to acknowledge what I am feeling and at times need a hug and a shoulder to cry on. but am faced this time with their denial as my symptoms are more obvious and I guess they cannot face what is happening to me. So me woman them ostriches ! everywhere I go they are there with their long legs and heads buried in the sand.!
What helped me is acknowledging other people involved in my life would prefer to pretend its not happening and look for support outside the family . I had counselling for the anger and frustration I felt at my new ostrich family and friends.
At the end of the sessions I was becoming more self reliant again, spoke to other people with a chronic illness got that hug I needed and had a good cry as well. I am obsessed with the song , human and the lyrics help me. I have a few bad days but growing to accept the cute ostriches in my life, as just maybe like I did after that stage of denial and became me again, they .
Sending you a cyber hug xx