First what I know is this; even though I have been diagnosed for about 11 years, I still sometimes get to a place where I feel like people that are close to me disregard my illness or act like it is not a big deal. It seems as if they expect things from me that are things that I may not be able to do.
Here's what know is true; I am the one in control of my actions. If I know that I am not able to do what is required at that time, it is my duty to tell them that. Yes, they know I have Narcolepsy, but unless I let them know how I feel, they will never know. If I just do what they ask of me, when I don't feel that I can, or if it is not safe for me to drive, I am the only one to blame if I do it anyway, without letting them know that I shouldn't do it.
So, in a nutshell...tell people how you feel. Do the best that you can, and if you can't do something, let them know that you can't. It is so very simple, yet sometimes we make everything so much more difficult! Truth is, that there may be people the really don't care about how you feel. But in my situation, most of the time, those type of thoughts are created only by me, and my actions.