It is all a matter of your own perception. It is good that Elisabeth talks of pity on the one hand, and compassion on the other. They are completely different. You can accept compassion with grace, and you can ignore pity.
But the main thing is to be relaxed about your own situation, then you won’t mind (or even notice) the reaction of others to it. Let people have their own reaction, you don’t have to pick it up. There is no shame nor any other problem in wearing a picline if you need one, so why would you allow your mind to add this? Don’t pick up their problems with your pickline. If you fully accept your situation, there is nothing wrong with it anymore and it will show in the way you behave. If this is natural for you, it will feel natural for them too.
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