When you first get your diagnosed everything you thought you knew changes. The life you led will never be the same again. The relationships you have will change. How you look at the world all of it changes and it has to whether we want it to or not.
Why many people would ask? And the truth is because you have to change. You have to learn to make yourself a priority in your own life. You have to learn to speak-up and stand-up for yourself. You have to learn to listen to your body. You have to learn what to feed your body that is healthy and not harmful to it. And, you have to learn how to heal your body as well as your mind.
No one else can do this for you. No one else can carry this for you. No one else will suffer the pain of a simple mistake. No one else will live their life constantly on guard. No one will understand truly why you always have to plan ahead. No one else can help when your body goes all haywire because you’ve been glutened and days later your still so exhausted that showering is a major event. No one else will be able to prepare your meals without you watching over them like a hawk because one wrong little thing can effect you for weeks. No one can understand the mental anguish that goes with this. No one can take this way for you.
This is your journey, this is your life NOW. And the sooner you accept, come to terms with and find new and better solutions to your every day challenges with your new gluten-free lifestyle the better off you will be. The better off your friends, family and love ones will be as well. You accepting the cards you were dealt, allows everyone else to come to terms with them. They too will mourn the loss of what once was and it will be up to you to steer them in the direction of what can be now.
It’s up to you to help these special people in your lives learn to support you. But that cannot come if you don’t accept this yourself. Having celiac disease is a lifelong disease. There are no off days. There are no cheat days. This is your life and your health and you can no longer take it for granted.
This is why I said things will never be the same again because you have no choice if you want to be well, you have to change. You have to change who you are. You have to learn what it takes to set yourself up for success every day. You have to “get over” old temptations and find healthier ways to eat old favorites that don’t harm you. You have to step into the person you need to become to be the best and healthiest version of yourself.
"With very little effort you can forever change your future." I love that Jonathan Silver Scott, thanks for the reminder. Committing to yourself and finding the courage to know that you are worth revamping your life. You are worth finding a new balance. You are worth the effort and the time that it is going to take to heal your body. You are simply worth it, so never give up even on the bad days, tomorrow will always be a better day. There is no sense in looking back and thinking about the way things use to be, it's important to focus on the way things can be in the future. One day at a time, one meal at a time, one forkful at a time can lead you to a healthier and happier future.
Should you need some additional inspiration, tips, or have questions I'm here to help, check out my blog, or even my book if you need more information (it’s full of goodies) Gluten Free Guide to a Healthy-Do-Over.