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I've known I am "gluten sensitive" for about a year now, but only recently realized I am likely full blown celiac and need to be much more careful about my diet.  I had a big wake up moment when I ate some rolls (knowingly) made with regular flour.  I was so very sick.  I don't ever want to do that to myself again!  I also discovered that a skin condition I used to get frequently was/is DH.   I had always wondered what the odd bumps on my hands were, now I know..

 

Knowing all this I am more concerned about my parents, especially my Dad.

 

My Dad's mom died of colon cancer when I was still a baby.  I never got to meet her.  My Dad has had hemmoroids removed and several colon polyps removed.   I've finally got him to at least limit his breads, I think he realizes it makes him feel better.   But, I am going to talk to him again once I get a chance.  I want him to be tested, I don't want to lose him over gluten!

 

My Mother is also of concern.  She had a miscarriage before I was born, I am an only child.  She has terrible mood problems.   She also has the beginnings of arthritis and osteoporosis. And she might have carpel tunnel, she says sometimes her hand just "lets go" of things.

 She is only 61.  I think she is too young to have these problems.  I worry she may need to be tested as well.   ... Thing is, I cannot talk to her about hardly anything.  She gets so angry and defensive.  When I first told her and my Dad about the gluten and encouraged them to see about it, she dismissed my concerns right away.  :/

 

I am thankful my Dad at least listens to me.  I will be talking to him soon.   I will -try- to talk to my Mother, but she really is stubborn.  Even if I print out pages of things for her to read, I know she will not fully listen.  I have tried to help her with even small things, and she is so stubborn she just won't change. 

 

Do you all have any ideas for me?  I want to help my parents.  I worry about my Dad because of how his mother died of the colon cancer and his own polyps.   I just need them to realize how serious it is!

 

Thanks for reading,

~Wystearya  aka  Christina

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Are you newly gluten free?  Are your parents near enough to have seen your struggle?  I am hoping that they might begin to listen if they can possibly grasp what good it does for you.

 

Other than that, I have 2 DQ2 and 2DQ8 genes, so a copy from each parent.  I am in a similar boat.  I wrote my parent's doctor and sent information, but so far as I know nothing came of it.  All we can do is what we can do.

 

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I live close, but I don't think they fully understand what I have gone through.  Maybe that is my fault, I didn't want them to worry about me and likely downplayed how sick I was.   I will try to clear that up and tell them.

 

I don't want to push them too hard, I just hope they listen.   

 

Thank you for the reply!

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Maby if you get tested and get a positive test they will be more open to the possibility? Specially if you have a gene? Some people just don't think Celiac exist , they think it is a bogus diet fad. And others just don't want to give up their breads. No matter what so they won't even consider Celiac. 

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