Our expert says:
I understand how disconcerting this must have been, to discover that your family knew something about your problems which you had not chosen to tell them. You're wise to choose not to feel angry with your friend about this, and sensitive to want your family not to get too worried about it. And I've heard the same message from many patients with severe physical illness, too, how awful it is when everyone treats you as if you're made of porcelain and immensely fragile.
I can understand, too, that you may not feel up to an in-depth discussion of all this with them right now ( though at some stage it could be very useful, so they can understand what you need and want, and what you DON'T need or want ! For now, what'd happen if you simply said, you feel there's a lot of whispering and hush hushing, which is making you feel nervous, and they needn't worry about you, and should just relax and let you feel relaxed and happy.
How nice to hear that the puppy is having a ball ! ( literally, perhaps, as well a figuratively !) They're admirably adaptive. How about at least discussing the puppy issue with your folks, not asking them to make any decisions for you, but yoto get their advice and suggestions ?
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