Sometimes I find dropping the 'A' bomb is just too darn complicated. Thankfully I don't need the walking stick as much just now (although I was surprised at the benefits of using a stick other than just getting me about - that's another post lol). Generally I find people avoid asking me why I'm walking with a stick or my knees don't allow me to get in and out a car like a gazelle. If they do ask, sometimes I feel it's just easier to fib -especially a stranger in the street or taxi driver etc. So far I've gone for snowboarding and skydiving. Not to encourage lying or avoid raising awareness of the condition but has anyone else given alternative explanations just to get a wee break from talking about auto immune problems?