One thing I have learned as I continue on my gluten-free journey is you need to have a lot of patience. Not only with yourself, but your family, and the entire gluten-free process.
First have patience with yourself: After my diagnosis, I was so happy we had finally found a cure for my illness, and was ready to take the steps to restore my health. Like so many others in the community, beginning this journey was a bit of a rocky road for me. Their were a lot of ups and downs and mistakes were made, yet deep in my heart I knew things would get easier. One of my biggest struggles was despite knowing that GF foods would not make me sick, I associated food with horrible stomach aches, and was so afraid of getting sick again. I had such a food fear. This is something that I never thought I would have to deal with. Am I where I want to be no, but am I working on it yes! I have come along way in this entire process, and am so happy for that. I know it is easier said then done, but sometimes I find the best thing to do is to literally take two steps back and look at where I was, and where I am today!
Second be patient with your family: When I first went GF my mom was my biggest supporter. She was always on the look out for new GF products, helped me when we went to restaurants, and always made sure I had something to bring when we had a family function. Though she still is a great support, I am now beginning to find my own voice in the community!
On the other hand, it took my dad and brother a little while to understand, and accept the GF process. In the beginning, I did not think that they took the whole notion of cross contamination seriously (like so many others). This frustrated me a lot, but with time they have really began to understand how important this process is for me, and are even more open to trying GF products! I will be the first to admit, at times I did not handle some situations as well as I could of and got mad and frustrated at them. I have realized the best thing to do in these moments is to take a deep breath; this is a change for the entire family, and takes time for everyone to adjust.
Finally have patience with the process: I have come to realize that there are going to be people that question what I am doing, but in the end being GF makes me feel a hundred times better, and that is all that matters! This is a life changing process, give your self time to adjust, and most importantly have patience with the process. There is a lot to learn, but YOU CAN DO IT!