As I mentioned in my blog post on Tuesday, I get emails from fellow celiacs asking for help. Your response on Tuesday was nothing short of incredible and it helped Denise (aka Mary) so much. She was beyond appreciative.
For that, I thank you.
I also realized that for every celiac that reaches out for help, there must be 100 more who suffer in silence; who are afraid to ask for help. So your contributions are also helping them.
Again, kudos to you. Our community seriously rocks!
Which brings me to today’s call for help. I will call her Susan. Her email to me is below. Her family thinks celiac is good because now she’ll be skinnier. You just can’t make this stuff up.
If you can take a few minutes and respond to her letter, you’ll be helping her and countless others.
Hey Gluten Dude.
I don’t really know how to start this. I guess I’m just sending you this email because I haven’t talked about this to anyone.
I am 21 I’m a student nurse and when I was diagnosed with celiac a few weeks ago I didn’t know how to react.
The response from family and friends was “its ok you’ll be fine you; it’s just like any diet and the good thing is you’ll be healthier and skinnier.”
Not really knowing what to do I turned to the Internet and I found you.
The time when I found you, you had that article up and your thoughts on celiac and death. And in the attempt to think like my family, I realized how important this really is and that it’s a way of life, of survival.
I can’t say I haven’t been struggling. I haven’t told all my friends so I haven’t really gone out or gone to their houses.
I have lived life till recently with incredible tummy aches, various runs to the toilet, anxiety and depression because of this and the feeling of total exhaustion throughout the day. I have also had lactose intolerance ever since I can remember. I remember my mum trying to force me to have my daily dose of calcium through a huge glass of milk, it would totally kill me.
I would also be called lazy as I was constantly tired and couldn’t concentrate.
Now that I know where all this is coming from. I don’t actually know how to take it.
I would like to know if you have any advise to give me.
I would also like to know if you know anyone living in Australia with celiac that I could talk to.
What I liked about your website is the fact that there are people like you talking on behalf of us and that there are other people just like me everywhere. I am not alone and at least this makes me happy.
Thank you for your patience in reading all of this and thank you for your blog.
Hope to hear from you soon