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KricketKrick added a topic in Celiac Disease - Friends and Loved Ones of CeliacsMom Wants Me To End It Over His CeliacSo for a little over a year now, I've been in a relationship with a wonderful man who has celiac. He has all the classic symptoms, stomach/intestinal pain, gas, bloating, irritability, mood swings, etc. If you're here, I'm guessing most of you are quite familiar with all that. And I won't lie, when he's been glutened, it's hard. He gets mean and withdrawn all at once. But I love the guy. And the rest of the time he is funny, attentive, sweet...just a great person. Before we were together, I never cooked, but now I'm cooking and baking all the time. My kitchen is gluten free and it's awesome. I stick to the diet almost entirely when I eat out too. It makes me feel better AND I can kiss him. But he works in a restaurant and I think that's where a lot of his contamination happens accidentally.
ANYWAY he and I have been seriously talking about taking the next step and making our relationship more...permanent. We've looked at rings, houses, etc. But my mother keeps asking me if I'm sure. If I can handle a lifetime with someone that has his symptoms. I've been doing a lot of soul searching and plain old research into celiac and I really think I can. I understand that marriage is hard anyway. Bringing another person in your life for forever is hard. I have no delusions that it'll be easy. But as far as chronic illness is concerned, this isn't that bad. But she keeps nagging me about it every time we talk. As if he's damaged or broken or something. It frustrates me that she feels that way. And that she doesn't realized she raised a stronger daughter than that. UGH!
He is the best thing that's happened to me, he just happens to have celiac. The desease defines his diet, not who he is. I wish she'd get over it. Anyone else with a similar story?
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