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I am so sorry for yours and your mom's experience. Dealing with celiac at the beginning sure is not a walk in the park. It is an entire attitude change about life. I was diagnosed at the age of 50, and my mother was 75. We were so sick that we were simply glad to find the cause and to get better, but I have to say that I went through a great deal of anger. At one point, after listening to me complain for a few minutes, my husband said gently: "Now, I don't want you to get mad, but don't you think you're feeling sorry for yourself." It was the right words at the right time.
I had to decide if I wanted to be healthy, and only I could decide that. No one could do it for me. It is very much like an addict, because in this society we are addicted to eating wheat and fitting in. Did I want to have a life? Being gluten free was the only way. I realized the same for my mother, and frankly, I was too sick to worry about her. I was tempted, when she kept thinking, "a little bit won't hurt me...I'll just take Imodium." She still thinks this way, but I do not. Each has a choice.
Hi! How I appreciate your info on the restaurants. I love Outback and Carrabbas, but get tired of them. I must seek the Sunflower Cafe. I find Fresh Market and Virginia's Healthfood pretty much of a disappointment, but not too inconvenient, since I order most of my food. I stick mostly with plain whole foods cooked at home.
I, too, would be willing to help start a group. I don't know many people, am pretty much of a happy introvert.
Hi, Melissa-- I'm just now getting back on here. I have yet to learn well the operation of this forum. Would like to connect with you and other celiacs in Mobile. I, too, have 'flirted' with the idea of starting a group, but with trying to get settled and taking care of an active grandchild, I have little time or energy left.