Katie please correct me if I'm wrong, but in Canada people tend to be more open to such conversations. So it might be a natural thing to practice this.
It's more common than other places I've been, yes. We're not as super friendly as some other countries are but most of the time people are willing to engage in friendly conversation.
And yeah, being a gal helps.
Unfortunately I still haven't been able to start this because the organization that's going to hook me up with an Occupational Therapist is making me jump through hoops as far as proving that my condition is legitimate, telling them exactly what I need, etc. Sooner or later, though.