Self-proclaimed font of Celiac knowledge, Libby tries to educate everyone she comes across on the differences between allergies, gluten sensitivity, and Celiac Disease.See all posts »
Learning to Cope
To all my dear readers, "Oh, Crumbs!" is nearing its end on Healthline.com. It has been a wonderful experience, however short, being able to offer insight and tips to fellow gluten intolerants and Celiacs out there. I may come back for an article now and then, but my blogging will be moving to a personal site after November 15th! I will give the web address to everyone on the 15th and encourage everyone to keep reading my posts as well as using Healthline.com for health and wellness information.
It has been a joy to discover new gluten-free products and then share them with everyone. My experience as a Celiac has been made more enjoyable through blogging, where I feel a part of a bigger community who understands and can relate to the trials and tribulations of Celiac life. The ups and downs of living with an autoimmune disease can be very difficult, and seeking out help, whether it is an online community or a personal interaction in a safe environment, is key to Celiac happiness.
If anyone feels alone at any point, I strongly encourage speaking up. I usually talk to my boyfriend… and when I say "talk," I mean cry or complain. However, when a personal relationship is not enough, you should try out a therapist or other mental health professional for a more structured emotional outlet. I went to a counselor for the first time in my life yesterday, and though I do not think this particular counselor is the right one for me, I think I am on a good path. I actually went to this therapist to talk about a bad stress-related habit that I want to break, but ended up talking about Celiac Disease for the better part of the hour-long appointment.
It is interesting to talk about Celiac Disease in a more emotional way and about how it affects all of my daily habits, including the strains it places on my mental well being. Who knows, maybe my bad habits will be broken just by exploring the stresses that seem to go hand-in-hand with the disease and learning to how to control them. It will be fascinating to continue to look at Celiac Disease as more than a physical factor of my life, and to grow positively from the things I learn.