I know, I've come to realize that it's something I need to do. I just hope I'm able to do it consistently without messing up somewhere. I will be gluten-free for one week today, and i think so far so good. It's the "forever" part that I'm struggling with, it just really seems so long! But hopefully acceptance will come with time.
well, sweetie, look at it this way, a LONG healthy life is a very GOOD thing!
But I understand what you are saying...it is a shock and an adjustment and we all "get that",hon--we really do! And in time, you will come to a place of acceptance. Don't get all panicky about gluten and cross-contamination. We all mess up on occassion. I got glutened by CC recently myself and I've been doing this for a year. It's a learning process and then, it becomes "the new normal".
But here is the thing...you have been given a gift with an early DX. Yes, I said a gift-- because it is a chance early in your life to be healthy and potentially stop any other AI diseases and complications from developing. So many of us had terrible health problems--some truly devastating and you may hear some of those stories as you read the threads on here--and they affected us all of our lives. It all makes sense NOW, but while it was happening?? not so much.
I had no clue what I had all along and I would have given anything to know back in my 20's what was going on inside me. My life would have been very, very different.
But ....You can live a healthy long life!!
there's plenty to eat and the gluten free food industry and Celiac awareness is providing us with many more options. Life is good.
Be happy, eat healthy and don't let this DX get in your way!
And --we are here for you!
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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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