I can only echo LOUDLY what my friend Gemini has said. After my DX, I wrote a letter to my large extended family, even xeroxing info for those cousins without email and not one of them has been tested.I told them I have genes from both parents. They know this thing tried to kill me.
They are full of AI diseases ( thyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's, diabetes, depression, anxiety, cancer, MS, asthma, etc...) but no one seems to think they are gluten intolerant They only think I have it. Just me. No one believes their GERD, "IBS" "fibro" and Gall bladder disease--is relevant. Head in the sand? Oh, you betcha!
My Mom (age 86) is the only one who went gluten-free with her doc's blessing and feels fantastic! she will outlive us all.
I cried over it, got mad, tried to write to them again, told my siblings one more time they should be tested and then finally gave up. Why? because it was making me sick. My hubs urged me to stop.
I have had the privilege of paying it forward and helping many celiacs and others get tested (I sent 8 people to my GI doc and 7 of them have celiac disease, one has ulcerative colitis but is going gluten-free with some helpful tips ) and I can get total strangers on the internet to at least hear me out, and I have dozens of email pals from around the world who think I have given them solid advice, but not anyone in my family takes me seriously enough to get tested.
I could keep crying over it or I could just help the ones who are interested in saving their own lives.
Here is what it will take for them to "get it"--they will have to be as sick as I was, I am afraid.
Tell your family, offer to help them when they want it ---and then, let it go, hon. Trust me on this one.
Take care of YOU right now!
"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir
"It isn't for the moment you are struck that you need courage, but for the long uphill climb back to sanity, faith and security." Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love."
"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy
Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; finally DXed on 11/01/10. I figured it out myself. Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
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