Here’s an email that I would think a lot of fellow celiacs can relate to.
How do you relax enough to enjoy your life when you spend every waking minute paranoid that you will get sick?
Read on and share your advice…
Dear Gluten Dude,
I am writing to ask for some advice. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in February of 2010, and recently I also became intolerant to dairy, and my life just seems to get more and more challenging with each day that goes by.
I graduated from college in May of 2011, and I still do not have a full time job. My parents have been gracious enough to help me out with my finances while I work temporary jobs like babysitting, dog sitting etc., in between my days of feeling terrible/unable to function from the celiac, but I desperately just want to feel like a normal human being again.
As a result of my dietary restrictions, I have become such a paranoid person and I feel like a burden to my friends and family.
I am so sensitive to cross contamination, that I am often double checking what people are doing in the kitchen and how my food is being prepared when I am not the one in control of it. I do like to cook and contribute to meal preparation, but it’s nice to not have to do it all the time.
I’m also terrified of eating anywhere besides my home because I get sick so easily, which has drastically affected my ability to have a social life. I know I should just go out and not worry about the food aspect of things, but I declined offers to go places so many times that I am not often invited anymore.
How can I stop being so paranoid?
And, do you have any advice for a very frequently sick celiac looking for employment? I would love to work from home, but that doesn’t seem like something that will happen anytime soon.
Thanks for your time! I love your blog and have come to it many times for advice and comfort. It’s nice to know I’m not alone in my celiac struggles.
Have a great day!
Here’s the deal…you cannot stop living because you have celiac disease.
Otherwise, the disease wins.
You will get sick. It’s just a fact of the celiac’s life.
You can be as careful as humanly possible, but sometimes things just happen.
A chef makes a mistake. You misread an ingredient. Your cutting board gets contaminated.
Accept the reality and get on with life.
As Andy Dufresne says in my favorite movie of all time:
“It comes down to a simple choice really. Get busy living or get busy dying.”
Do yourself and those around you a favor. Get busy living.