Tell us one good thing that came from being a coeliac!
Being coeliac is hard right? You can’t eat your favourite foods, you feel deprived, punished and a bit of a social pariah most of the times…
Can any good come from being a coeliac? Gluten Freak has set out to find out! (Visit her blog http://glutenfreakabroad.blogspot.co.uk/). We love the wonderfully positive approach to coeliac disease in this blog! Still moaning about being coeliac? Read on and get inspired!
Note: Free From Inspired was also started by a coeliac…
Guest blog by Gluten Freak Abroad
Our Twitter army and #GlutenFreeFamily
Coeliac life is hard. We eat cardboard for pizza and people scowl when we mention our dietary needs (not ‘wants’…needs).
BUT… I rant about this daily, and frankly, it’s bound to make people think I’m a cantankerous old cow.
Truth is, I don’t mind being Coeliac. Yes it’s a challenge, but I work in a hyper-acute hospital where I see people knocking on death’s door every day. And whilst another man’s brain tumour doesn’t make my headache less painful, it does occasionally put things into perspective.
So I asked for the good things: I asked my fellow Coeliacs, people just like me, the one positive that came from being Coeliac.
What happened next was beautiful. Our little twitter family came together with a plethora of personal, detailed and emotive tweets. They described the successes they’ve found, the marked change to their health, the new found respect for food and most profoundly, the family they’ve discovered through shared stories, experiences and woes.
The twitter race can be vile, we’ve seen people like Katie Hopkins spew filth and hatred in 140 characters, but it can also bring complete strangers together to provide a 24 hour free helpline, virtual cuddle and shoulder to cry on. I know myself I’ve ‘met’ people online who understand my stressors more than many of my friends without Coeliac disease. And why? Because the unity can’t be taught unless you’ve experienced the illness yourself.
I’d like to share a few of the responses below. If you’re Coeliac and particularly if you’re struggling with your illness currently, read on. They might provide the glimmer of positivity you need. And if you take one thing, know that the #glutenfreefamily is ever present and ever growing.
@Maryenthuses: ‘I have so much more energy and I feel literally 10 years younger’
@lady_clarington: ‘After diagnosis my eczema, migraines, hair loss, fatigue, high pain levels, and of curse stomach issues..almost entirely went away’
@Lynseyadds: ‘I am no longer anaemic and feel so much better’
@DavidJ_GF: ‘My twitter friends. Joined it depressed in the middle of the night, soon after dx (diagnosis) & a bit lost. The info and support on here got me through.’
@Glutenfreeadele: ‘I’m a much better cook and have lots of new coeliac friends!’
@Gluten3travel: ‘I like how friendly and helpful other coeliacs have been. It’s easier to talk to people that can relate to how you feel’
@GFcitygirl: ‘This! Wouldn’t know what I’d have done without the support from you guys!’
@Glutenfree_Al: ‘I can bake cakes now’
@CoeliacSanc: ‘I got to start my own business’
@cupcakecornerUK: ‘I baked my first cupcake and went on to set up a cupcake baking business’
@TheCoeliacSloth: ‘my relationship with food is even better than before. I used to starve myself a lot because every meal I had made me ill’
@GFreviewsuk: ‘A more well-balanced diet’
@Coeliacexplorer: ‘I’m aware of what is in the foods I eat more than I was before. So many processed foods made up my diet before- it’s so varied now!’
@Afnw35342: ‘eating generally better healthier now than I was pre-diagnosis’
SNEAKY LIFE BENEFITS:
@Glutenandme24: ‘You don’t get forced to buy cakes from kids cake sales who have no perception of hygiene!’
Please continue to tweet your positives to @CoeliacAbroad or share on Gluten Freak Abroad facebook page and I will continue to add them to the list x
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