Thanks for the responses, ladies. I appreciate the input.
For me, I personally think that its my own body and if I want to keep my illness a secret then its within my right. I don't owe anyone knowledge about my personal business. (NOt saying anyone here said that. It was just brought up in the conversation with my friend.) I would not keep it a secret from my husband, but I wouldn't tell my children, siblings, in laws or father unless I had to do so.
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. ~Albert Einstein