People get a lot of their info from the media and media type outlets, blogs, whatever. This virtually guarantees that the casual observer will have a very immature view of CCSVI, what it is, what it isn't, and unless they really dig in and get to the meat of the issue, which very few media pieces will (Well I googled CCSVI and read an article on it etc etc), you are virtually guaranteed to face some opposition.
My mind always wanders to the point that in a new paradigm, and especially with those say family, friends, who don't really get what MS is in the first place (other than what they may learn from watching you for instance), there's this tendency to try to put new information into a framework that's more "graspable".
Since so many media articles, heck even blogs and sites that have limited information will give this incomplete picture, in the presence of this lack of info, the mind wants to make up the rest.
So you will hear comments from the uninformed about "snake oil", certainly you will hear the word "cure", as in "well they are calling this a cure", or "it's not a cure, you are experimenting with your body", etc etc.
Totally understandable, and the one thing that matters, is that YOU are at peace with it, because like anything else, first impressions tend to be the strongest, and if some in your life "got the google" and didn't use it wisely and really dig in, then I guarantee you they will have some serious and well intended reservations.
The question is, how do YOU feel about it? What is YOUR knowledge base on it, how is YOUR comfort level with it? Because only YOU live in that body which is by your account, becoming extremely uncooperative.
Those of us who were treated faced some of the same things as you are facing now. It's both an exhilirating thought (of the possibilities), and a sobering time too, as well it should be. Be excited, but heed the warnings, every last one of them. Be prepared for anything including failure. That's the only way to go into this, eyes wide open and not deceiving yourself. Prepare for the possibility this may do absolutely nothing and cause you much grief. It has happened, and yes, then those in your life will say "I told you so", or words to that effect. That's a scarier thought to me I think than the lack of physical benefit, should that occur.
It all starts and ends with you, and there is nothing you can do if you have provided the info, links, all that, and people only go so far with it, you have no control over that whatsoever, but if you are at peace with yourself about it, then that is that and be done with it.
RRMS Dx'd 2007, first episode 2004. Bilateral stent placement, 3 on left, 1 stent on right, at Stanford August 2009. Watch my operation video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwc6QlLVtko
, Virtually symptom free since, no relap