I woke up this morning hoping no nude photos of mine on iCloud were hacked. The photos, all tastefully done I assure you, are for a new site I’m launching. It’s called Gluten Nude.
Watching Mrs. Dude deal with her breast cancer this summer has made me put celiac on the back burner. No matter what I was going through or how I was feeling didn’t seem to matter to me and I started to wonder…”Is celiac that bad?”
But then I think back to my past six years and I realize…yes, it still sucks.
Look, we’ll sadly always find someone who is worse off than us. But that does not minimize what the celiac community goes through at times. I was reminded of this via an email last week from a fellow celiac who reached her boiling point and needed a place to vent.
She also sent me a follow up email that said “After I sent you this I melted down to my hubby for bothering you with it when your family is going through so much!
No need to feel bad and no need to apologize. That’s what I’m here for…to listen and to hopefully help. Just remember my one rule: Vent and then move on. Don’t carry the anger with you.
Anyway…here’s her email. We’ve all been there and most of us will be there at some point again.
* I’m sick of my stomach hurting all the time despite a very strict gluten free diet.
* I’m sick of my hubby triple checking with family members, friends, and restaurants that the food is gf and hasn’t been cross contaminated because I’m too much of a chicken shit to do it myself.
* I’m sick of the attention it puts on me.
* I’m sick of not being able to kiss my husband and children after they’ve eaten gluten.
* I’m sick of having to explain it to people, only to have them think they know more about gluten free than I do.
* I’m sick of having super supportive family members who try really hard to cook gluten free for me but don’t understand and end up glutening me.
* I’m sick of trying to tell people of all the hidden sources of gluten (yes, I know it’s sour cream and you wouldn’t think it would have gluten, but a lot of brands do).
* I’m sick of being sick.
* I’m sick of having the highs of “I got this!!!” And lows of “I can’t do this anymore!!”
* I’m sick of being picked on for my healthy diet by unhealthy people who are unhappy with their lives.
* I’m sick of feeling like a burden.
* I’m sick of people who are “gluten free” or claim to have celiac disease but have never been tested lecture me on my disease only to crack open a Budweiser and drink it in front of me.
* I’m sick of my children asking “is that gluten free mom?” Because they shouldn’t have to worry about it.
* I’m sick of people responding “you’re so lucky to have that, what a great diet! Haha!” after I’ve explained what celiac disease is for the third time that day.
I’m ashamed when I get like this because it’s not that big of a deal. It’s a sickness controlled by diet. I don’t have a terminal diagnosis and I get to live each day!
But it still just frickin’ sucks some days!
I know I’m just having a bad day and it will be better soon. But today I’m tired of being strong.
Definitely a rant for the ages and one I can certainly relate to. We all can’t be strong 24/7. Hang tough. You got this.
And if you are in need of a good laugh, remember it’s GlutenNude.com.