I've known I am "gluten sensitive" for about a year now, but only recently realized I am likely full blown celiac and need to be much more careful about my diet. I had a big wake up moment when I ate some rolls (knowingly) made with regular flour. I was so very sick. I don't ever want to do that to myself again! I also discovered that a skin condition I used to get frequently was/is DH. I had always wondered what the odd bumps on my hands were, now I know..
Knowing all this I am more concerned about my parents, especially my Dad.
My Dad's mom died of colon cancer when I was still a baby. I never got to meet her. My Dad has had hemmoroids removed and several colon polyps removed. I've finally got him to at least limit his breads, I think he realizes it makes him feel better. But, I am going to talk to him again once I get a chance. I want him to be tested, I don't want to lose him over gluten!
My Mother is also of concern. She had a miscarriage before I was born, I am an only child. She has terrible mood problems. She also has the beginnings of arthritis and osteoporosis. And she might have carpel tunnel, she says sometimes her hand just "lets go" of things.
She is only 61. I think she is too young to have these problems. I worry she may need to be tested as well. ... Thing is, I cannot talk to her about hardly anything. She gets so angry and defensive. When I first told her and my Dad about the gluten and encouraged them to see about it, she dismissed my concerns right away. :/
I am thankful my Dad at least listens to me. I will be talking to him soon. I will -try- to talk to my Mother, but she really is stubborn. Even if I print out pages of things for her to read, I know she will not fully listen. I have tried to help her with even small things, and she is so stubborn she just won't change.
Do you all have any ideas for me? I want to help my parents. I worry about my Dad because of how his mother died of the colon cancer and his own polyps. I just need them to realize how serious it is!
Thanks for reading,
~Wystearya aka Christina