Support is important for everyone. It’s important to not only give support, but you must also be open to receiving it. Having a background in counseling often means I am the one who provides the support. Ironically, I have a difficult time asking for help when I am in need.
Thankfully, I have a great support system behind me and I am so thankful for each and every one of the people who play a part. Without them, there are many obstacles I would have not been able to get through.
When you first receive the diagnosis of celiac or gluten sensitivity, gaining support is vital. Whether you think it or not, this new lifestyle is a huge change. The routine you had for many years, has to be altered to fit this new diet. Support can be both indirect or direct. One is not better than the other, but what is important is you find what works best for you! Fortunately, the GF community is growing and there are so many resources out there; ranging from local support groups to internet blogs.
When I was first diagnosed I began to realize how important receiving support from others in the community was. I unfortunately was unable to join the local support group, as I would never be able to make the meetings. This is why I began reading blogs. The simple act of reading these blogs allowed me to not feel alone. Through reading other’s stories it allowed me to see there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and this lifestyle does get easier! Though this was such an indirect way of gaining support, this daily ritual is essentially what inspired me to launch Embrace G-free!
I have formed a small network of gluten-free friends via, twitter and facebook. I would encourage you to get out there on the social media sites. Give yourself time to adjust, and attend gluten-free events.
The gluten-free community maybe small, but it is powerful, supportive, and united!