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  1. I was diagnosed 3 years ago last month. It was very overwhelming at first but I went gluten-free 100% (as far as I know) immediately. I didn't grieve until probably a year later. I was so sick before my diagnosis that it really was a relief to find out what was wrong...and that I wasn't dying of cancer.

    Two of my three daughters have since been diagnosed as well as my mother. I CAN'T let this get me down because my kids (16 & 20) don't want to see me struggling. I have to be a good role model for them.

    However, I do admit there is one situation that always brings me to tears. The company I work for promotes 'team' lunches and holiday celebrations that usually involves food. I have to remind the people planning an event, of my dietary restrictions...EVERY TIME! 9 out of 10 times the catered meal does not include even one item that is gluten-free. Salads have croutons and/or dressing is already in the bowl. Is that discrimination in the workplace? If I was dieting as a way to lose weight okay, but I CAN'T eat a little gluten "just this one time".

    Most of the time when we all go to lunch I end up having to order a plain green salad with no dressing. And of course this is always a topic of discussion at the table. Sometimes it's hard being different. :blink: