Six Months G-Free, Just Now Hitting Me?
Posted 07 January 2012 - 10:37 AM
I don't know if 6 months is my magic marker or what. I've been so depressed lately. I feel and think things I never did before- this is unfair, why me? I've been getting jealous of others that can eat what they want and have a "normal" lifestyle. I want to go out to lunch with friends without worrying! Social activities always seem to revolve around food andni feel like an outcast. I think the holidays had a lot to do with this depression- there were an awful lot of depressing issues surrounding Christmas and new years for me.
I think the biggest problem has been cross contamination. I am so tired of thinking I'm doing everything right then BAM out of the blue I get glutened and I'm done for another week or two. After a few times in a row of that I got SO SICK of being sick that I have become overly vigilant. I wash my hands til they bleed, don't eat out anymore, am fearful of any makeup... I am just depressed
I guess I'm just venting because I feel so alone in my family and circle of friends. I started counseling yesterday for this and I'm hoping that will help.
Posted 07 January 2012 - 11:26 AM
Posted 07 January 2012 - 12:24 PM
There's also the Celiac Sprue Association at http://www.csaceliacs.info/ and the nfca at www.celiaccentral.org . Maybe they can help with their resources. All of these organizations also sponsor workshops and conferences on celiac and gluten sensitivity with very pertinent information on how to deal with the diet and our friends and family. I usually attend at least one conference a year in the States and have made a number of friends who stay in contact with me. They're always "there" for me when I feel down or have a concern.
If you have meetup.com groups in your area, this can also be helpful. Simply sign up with meetup.com and let them know that you're interested in meeting other people with celiac or gluten sensitivity. You'll probably find a number of them in your area, depending on where you're located. I meet up with people I've never met and others that I see on a consistent basis through meetup.com. We meet up at gluten-free bakeries and restaurants that specialize in gluten-free food. It's wonderful to meet people who have the same concerns, and I always learn a lot of new things (favorite gluten-free products, good restaurants, the latest health information, etc.). I found that, by socializing with other celiacs, I could feel comfortable dining at a restaurant, and I don't feel "different."
Believe me--there's a LOT of support out there. Please take advantage of it....
Posted 07 January 2012 - 07:52 PM
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