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gfpirate

Member Since 04 Dec 2011
Offline Last Active Apr 16 2012 06:22 PM
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In Topic: Why Do We React With Anger When People Do Not Get It?

21 February 2012 - 02:18 PM

This is a very valid question. I simply think it is because it's something we have to explain on a daily basis. Who likes explaining the same thing over and over over? It can be frustrating. It seems that most people are better at understanding, say, a peanut allergy. Most people do not know what gluten is, I sure didn't before I was diagnosed! When I think about it, I'm not exactly angry at the person, but more so angry at the situation, if that makes sense. I think our anger roots from having to explain it so many times, and people still don't understand.

In Topic: Things People Say To Celiacs

21 February 2012 - 02:03 PM

I've also had a similar experience as posted above... A lady my mom works with told me that she had Celiac as well. (This was when I was first diagnosed). I believed her at first but as time went on and I did more research, it seemed as if she was stretching the truth... this was confirmed when she walked in with a big bag of Chick Fil A and said that she didn't get me a chicken sandwich because of the bread, but I was "welcome to have one of the fried chicken strips, because those are gluten free." *facepalm!* The things we put up with...

In Topic: Things People Say To Celiacs

20 February 2012 - 03:18 PM

Love the video!

I've had a lot of varied reactions from people when they find out about my condition. I go to high school, and since kids there can be so rude and arrogant, I try to keep my condidition a secret. It seems every time I tell someone, an avalanche of questions follows.

I've had people say things such as,
"I would kill myself if I had to eat like that. Like, literally."
"Uhh, yeah, I'm a bit curious as to what you eat."
"That SUCKS."
"If I had that, I would just keep eating gluten and throw it all up. Big deal."
"Oh, THAT'S how you stay so thin."
"Are you still on your weird gluten free thing?"

And then they want to try my food...
"This tastes like I stuck my tongue in a helicopter propeller."
"Ew, does everything you eat taste this weird?"

But it's not all bad. I've had some really nice reactions as well...
"If you ever need a shoulder to cry on, I'm here."
"You have Celiac? Me too!" (She was my teacher and we had a nice conversation about all the local places with gluten free food).

I think the worst was actually BEFORE I was diagnosed. I was always feeling miserable and wanting to leave school early. I got called a hypochondriac many times, an attention hog, and worse. Thankfully, many apologized when I told them that I finally figured out what was wrong with me.

In Topic: Haning Out With Friends.

24 January 2012 - 02:45 PM

I absolutely have this problem! Although it doesn't exactly make me mad, it makes me feel sad. Why can't my body just process normal food like normal people? Why does EVERYTHING have gluten in it? And how come NO ONE knows what Celiac is???
The best thing to do is just focus on what you can eat. I'm sure almost every restaurant will have a salad or a steak or an option that's natually gluten-free.
You may want to explain your condition to your friends... in my experience, they usually give me a lot of sympathy and they like to ask me a lot of questions about it. I actually appreciate their interest, rather than them just blowing it off like it's no big deal.
Good luck to you and know that you are not alone!

In Topic: Stupid Me.. Lucky Me!

22 December 2011 - 04:16 AM

Hey... it happens! Sounds like just the kind of mistake I would make :P