Have any of you "come out" to the world about your illness(es)? Not only to your family but also to all of your friends and co-workers? I'm seriously thinking of it. I am terrified of being judged. I am afraid it might cause me trouble with my job. But at the same time, living life with a mask and trying to hide this secret is an enormous burden. I feel if I make people aware, it may give those who are empathetic the chance to understand and deal with me better. Perhaps my boss can help make work easier on me. Perhaps my friends will understand when I am really quiet or disappear from their world for awhile. I am afraid though that the majority won't be empathetic. That co-workers will avoid me as if I am some sort of freak. That I'll lose my job. That my friends will abandon me. Have any of you really, completely, opened up about your illness? How did people react? Are you glad you did?