I have an "issue" with ink tattoos because my immigrant great- aunt (from Armenia) had a number tattooed on her arm when the Turks invaded Armenia and raped and killed most of the population, so to me, it meant something stamped was "hateful".
That said, if you want a tat that proclaims something you feel victorious over, then go for it.
I do not think of anything "displaying my diagnosis" as being important to me , but if I could find someone to replicate the Maeve, Warrior Princess I have as my avatar, I'd put it on SOMETHING! LOL
I have a tee shirt from my friend's G F bakery that says "Blame it on the Gluten" on the back.
And my pal, the Gluten dude has a tat that says "No Grain, No Pain" on his arm.
My niece has lots of tats--of the significant of things that happened in her life--and while I think it's cool for her, maybe it's not for me.
I am getting older and an aging body with tats...is not pretty. (shudder)
As for the medic alert bracelet, as KarenG once pointed out, if you can speak, you can say
"hey. I have celiac..no gluten! " and if you cannot, no IVs contain gluten anyway.
So it may not even be necessary.
"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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