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YEAH!!!! You are starting to feel like you have a handle on this disease!! Congratulations and welcome to Celiac’s Diagnosis: Stage 5 – Acceptance.
Celiac’s Diagnosis: Stage 5 – Acceptance
Yes, my daughter has Celiac’s Disease, an Autoimmune Disorder. Yes, we still have bad days from time to time, especially since it is my child and not me. There are new scenarios that we encounter every year. The current scenario, “dating”. Lord help us all, lol. She is only 13 so it isn’t really dating yet, but we had to have the “kissing” talk. If she kisses someone who just ate gluten, guess what – she was just glutened. Not exactly “awesome” by-product of her first kiss (yes I am secretly hoping that won’t be for a very long time, but we had to talk about it).
What I do know is that we have gotten through every scenario thus far and will continue to. Every day we get a little wiser and better adept at reading labels and staying gluten-free. I know we are ways away from dealing with college, but that will probably be the next big hurdle. I know it will be frustrating, but I also know that regardless we will come out on top and have a plan that enables our daughter to be who she is and stay healthy. We Got This!
As I have said before, we have empowered our daughter to be an advocate for herself. We did that when she was diagnosed with ADD and continued to do that when she was diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease. It makes her feel better because she knows what she needs. She also understands why she can’t always do exactly what a peer does. It bums her out at times, but then we problem solve together to come up with a solution and then she is happy.
The fact that she is 13, going through puberty, in middle school, and extremely hormonal – she is GREAT, lol!! She has learned how to deal with her diagnosis so she can be happy and just be a kid.