Celiac disease has a very unique trait that I have come to notice in the years I have been involved with it: people connect to it in a way that people with almost all other diseases do not...

People with celiac disease will often say "I'm a celiac".

...but you do not hear anyone ever say "I'm a cancer" or "I'm a heart disease" or "I'm an MS".

The exceptions seem to be food related: "I'm a celiac" and "I'm a diabetic". Why do we become the disease? Is it because it affects what we are eating every day? Whatever the reason, I don't know that it's healthy.

A huge portion of regaining balance and having a healthy attitude is to heal and see ourselves as healthy again. Perhaps walking around and saying "I am x-disease" whether we're talking celiac or diabetes is not the way to go.

Not being able to eat gluten simply means something from our diet has been removed or replaced. The conversation can end there. I, for one, am going to consciously make the effort to stop saying "I am a celiac" because it doesn't define me. I am me: healthy, happy, and complete. I am not a disease.

Just food for thought and I'm so interested to know how others feel about this...

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