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Member Since 30 Apr 2013
Offline Last Active Aug 04 2013 09:44 AM

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Emmy Rossum (And Celiac Disease)

03 August 2013 - 12:17 PM

I have a story to share:


In high school, being a "theater geek," my favorite movie was The Phantom of the Opera, which had just come out recently. During that time, I was also feeling unhappy about my Celiac (because, as many of you know, high school isn't easy, and it's even harder when you're different). But one day, my good friend brought a magazine on the bus to show me. She was all excited about it. She opened it up to a picture of Emmy Rossum, who played Christine in Phantom, picking out a box of gluten-free cereal at a store. The caption said that Emmy had Cecliac Disease. It made me happy to see a celebrity I admired share Celiac with me, and to know that my friend appreciated that. So, ever since then, I consider Emmy a "Gluten-Free Buddy."*


* "Gluten-Free Buddy" is a phrase I made up (or at least I think I did), when I was younger, because I always felt a special connection between myself and other people who are gluten-free. We're all in this together! ^_^

Am I Hurting Myself?

02 August 2013 - 06:54 AM

I generally avoid all gluten, but once a month I take communion at church. A family friend who also has Celiac says I shouldn't even be eating the communion wafer. I don't know... the wafer is the size of my thumbnail, and it doesn't seen to give me any adverse effects. If so, they're minimal. Can eating that tiny wafer once a month really hurt me?

Red Food Dye?

02 May 2013 - 12:27 PM

I tried some of those soft drink mixes that come in a tube, and you pour it in your water bottle and shake it up. When I tried the red kind, I experienced symptoms that I would associate with eating gluten, mainly abdominal pain. Does anyone else react to red food dye? I'm thinking maybe it isn't gluten-free.

Family Members Treat Me Weird...

30 April 2013 - 07:42 AM

I was diagnosed with celiac disease at age 10, so I've had it a fairly long time, but some of my family members, particularly my Grandma and my Aunt, act weird around me because of my special diet. For example, my Mom is planning to make gluten-free lemon bars for a church event, and my Grandma told her; "just don't tell anyone they're gluten-free." This seems ridiculous to me, because I'm not the only one in my church with celiac. Whenever I shop with her and buy something gluten free, she gives it an "eww... nasty!" look, or makes a weird comment, such as "I wouldn't be able to get that past my lips!" It seems like she thinks gluten-free food is something disgusting, and I should keep my celiac a secret. It really hurts my feelings and makes me feel self-conscious, the way she and my Aunt single me out. I don't want to feel bad about who I am. Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with situations like this?

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