The people that I keep in my close circle and count as friends are the ones who get it, meaning after I tell them what I have going on they have some compassion and empathy. Within reason, they will take my low carb, vegetarian diet into consideration when making lunch plans. And I am always quick to thank them for that and tell them I appreciate it. And then they go out with other people to the places that have menus I cannot navigate.
But I've had people get exasperated and call me rude when I ask what is on the menu for an event. Or outwardly huff and puff in disapproval when I have to walk slower because I have foot issues or I'm really light headed that day or whatever else makes it randomly challenging to be on this planet that day. Or if I even have to sit down instead of standing during a lengthy conversation. Or the flaming extroverted, bungee jumping, adrenaline junkies who snort when I tell them I'm just not really into those things. I don't even get to the part where I explain why.
And then there are the people I've told about my health and who have seen the adjustments I have to make, but still have the "Aren't you over that yet?" comments to add.
I generally try to take the high road and on most days I do. But when the fuse is short, or they are repeatedly annoying and invasive, I just look at them and say, "Remind me, will you? Where are your medical credentials from?" or "I don't recall you living in my body," while feeling around in my pockets like I'm looking for something. It tends to shut them up and give me back some personal space :)
And I guess that's what it is for me - personal space and privacy. Do what makes you happy in life. I know what I need to do to get through. Just let me do it. Maybe we can find some commonality and do things together, but your way is not the right way for everyone. Please respect that.