Like guilt, there's an effect called "success by association," and people are willing to give you credit for things you were so far away and foreign to, you'd need a passport to make your way back in. When offered it, say thanks and let it make up for all the things you deserve credit for, but will never get. It will make others happier.
The normal interview process focuses on potential candidates' successes. One of the most critical questions we don't ask is: "Tell me about a time when you experienced a failure, and what happened?" If you look at most successful CEOs, many of them have had significant failures in their past. But, what makes them successful is what happened after.