So many of my friends and even close family do NOT know that I have CFS..but of course there are a few that have been there since day 1 and know that I'm extremely sick. I'm lucky to have a full-time job (with my father) and be able to function throughout the day, so I can pull off my CFS very well without getting too many questions asked.. when in reality I'm struggling every single day with tremendous fatigue and all of the other fun symptoms. Now that I think about it, even my boyfriends parents whom I am very close with do not know that I have CFS.. considering they're both doctors, I can only imagine what they would say when I tell them I have this "disease", so I just choose not to even go there.. some of my friends don't have a clue what I go through, because I have tried to go down that road before and they just dont understand.. They understand one day but then two weeks later when I can't go out and hang out, they end up getting mad about it. So why even bother?? When I had the courage one day to talk about my CFS to one of my relatives, I first asked them if they knew what it was.. and her response was "I know it's caused by depression isn't it?" UGH. So I tried to explain it to her but instead of her understanding I think now she's pretty sure I'm some sort of hypochondriac... fabulous. I was just wondering if you even bother telling people that you're really sick or don't even try to? I mean why bother, if they don't understand it then what's the point? I try to act like my life is as normal as possible anyway, sometimes I think its better to not even acknowledge it, but then sometimes I feel like people have a completely wrong perception of who I really am.. I'm 23 and CFS is part of my life.. its part of who i am now..