There are many who have something. Also younger people. Among people I know, know of, or have known or known of I can list the following, all in their 30ties or early 40ties:
• Sleep apnea. Must sleep with a mask that helps with breathing.
• Hearing aid. (four people)
• Psoriasis in the face and most of the body. (two in face+body, three body)
• Marks/scars in the face and neck after removal of birthmarks.
• Bad eye.
• Cerebral Palsy, suddenly onset in the 30ties.
• Deformed and missing fingers and toes.
• Epilepsia as result of an injury
• Amputated finger
• Bad eyesight, going blind
In that light my swollen leg and the need for compression stocking is "just" my thing. Like so many others have "a thing". I don't think differently about these people because of their "things".
I don't take comfort knowing that someone is worse off than me, but I do take a little comfort that mine is not worse than it is. It is bad enough though, but maybe it helps a little to see it in light of the fact that it is not so unusual to have something. And I can even hide mine.
After my Lymphedema started I have become less judgemental of people who act or look more than a little different. Not that I was a horrible, judgdemental person before. It's not always because someone is crazy that he or she behaves a little different, the person may have had a brain haemorrhage for example, and one is not necessarily fat because he or she is lazy and can't get his/her act together and lose weight, but because of an addiction beyond control or a disease that the person is not to blame for. And what if one was to blame? Nobody deserves to be sick.