Life can be rough for us all.
There’s no doubt that most of us have our serious ups and downs; emotionally, physically, financially, whatever.
We deal with celiac, on top of whatever else life decides to throw at us.
But even at our worst of times, there is always somebody who is going through a tougher time. It doesn’t lessen the importance of our struggles, but it does help to keep things in perspective a bit.
When I went through my crazy health stretch, I kept saying to people “Yes, it sucks, but there are so many worse off.”
This leads me to a comment left on my blog a few days ago by Anthony that broke my heart and made me realize how trivial some of our problems really are.
His comment was on the blog post titled My Family Treats Me Horribly and it goes beyond the normal family BS that some celiacs must go through.
Here is what Anthony had to say.
This post hits far too close to home —
My family has been this way since as long as I can remember; also dealing with middle child syndrome didn’t help matters either.
No one in my family takes me seriously when I say I am extremely allergic to gluten. Once ingested – like many of you know – I am pretty much incapacitated in severe pain for days on end. My family plays it off like it’s a joke.
When I speak – nobody listens. Instead they find comfort in verbal abuse – which like when I was younger – accompanied the physical abuse that my father put me through. To this day they give me hell – that I haven’t amounted to anything.
Having this condition has put me in a less than desirable position, financially. When my family turned their back on me and this “imaginary/hypochondria condition” I had no choice but to seek refuge in my car, which is not fun when you are glutened – by accident.
I don’t know how, but I’m resilient and somehow find ways to keep my chin up. All of this has inspired me to somehow find a way to go back to school to become a physician.
Although today I still sit in pain.
Anthony…I don’t know where you live but I’m sending serious strength your way. As I said in my email to you, nobody deserves this. Nobody.
I think it’s absolutely awesome your taking all of that negative energy and doing something positive with your life where you’ll be helping so many others.
You’re not letting your family suck you into their vicious cycle of negativity and abuse.
I salute you Anthony.
And I think I can safely say that all of us on this wonderful community salute you as well.
If you want to show Anthony some love, please leave a comment below. I’ll be sure he gets the message.