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Son not understanding my diagnosis

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I am 7 weeks diagnosed with silent celiac.  I am doing great and feel like  I have a good handle on everything.  What I am struggling with is my 21 year old son not understanding my diagnosis and the importance of avoiding cross contamination and why all of a sudden I can't have a Cookie, piece of cake, etc..   Since I don't have physical symptoms, he doesn't think it will hurt to have a piece of cake or something else.  He doesn't yet know that I have contacted our doctor to have both my kids blood tested.  Is there any advice on how to convince him the severity of following a strict gluten free diet.

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When I get glutened, I cough. Loud.  for 20-30 minutes.  Once people hear that, they take it seriously.  Refer your son to the newbie thread. If he still doesn't get it, kick him in the posterior. Hard!  

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Have him read about the disease and the multitude of repercussions that occur from gluten consumption that have nothing to do with "classic stomach" issues. Not following a strict gluten free diet can lead to terrible diseases because your body will be so weak and damaged. When my son was diagnosed, reading about the disease made a big impact on our family members. Good luck and stay strong!

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Tell him asap to expect to get blood drawn next week or whenever the appt. is. My boys never like surprise medical exams!

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When I was diagnosed, I told both kids they will have to be tested. They don't know it will be happening sooner rather than later.

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14 hours ago, Deades said:

When I was diagnosed, I told both kids they will have to be tested. They don't know it will be happening sooner rather than later.

If your son is 21 years old, then I am not sure you can force him to be tested. He's of age. 

It is huge problem.  I have an extended family member whose early 20 something daughter is a diagnosed Celiac and she will not follow the diet.  Her mother is so worried because she is always unwell and in pain but will not follow a strict diet.  Too inconvenient at this stage of the game.  Because of her age, her mother cannot force her to do anything.  This is the hardest part of Celiac Disease.  I wish you a lot of luck convincing him!

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