I recently saw my cousin for "drinks" (haven't seen him since my father's funeral several years ago). I'm trying to reconnect because I feel I need some understanding from at least some family members in case things get worse with me. I live alone and the future does not look bright. So, long story short, he turns to me and says, "I know this is a bad joke, but how are you enjoying your vacation?" (meaning my 17 years of CFS). I know he tends to be a jerk, but I was unprepared for this! I went into my "education" spiel about how bad this really was, how it was a "real" disease, etc., but who knows if he took it in. I feel that I need a better come-back to idiotic questions/remarks about the DD from others. Anybody have any ideas?