As someone with celiac disease, please be patient with me. Please be understanding. I am new to this too; there are still many things that I don’t know about this disease.
I ask you in all kindness, don’t roll your eyes when I leave the kitchen while you’re cutting fresh bread. Don’t get annoyed when I ask you to clean up and wipe the counter after you’re done.
Please don’t patronize me and tell me that I’m being dramatic when I refuse to enter the kitchen or a bakery where flour is being used.
But most of all, please don’t act like I’m a burden to you because of my disease. I already feel bad enough that every family event or outing with friends has to be catered to me because of my restrictions. Trust me when I say, if I could eat gluten I would. And I thank you wholeheartedly for accommodating me by making gluten-free options, or choosing a restaurant where I can eat. But please don’t complain while you do this.
I ask that you don’t pester me by calling me out and labeling me as a nuisance just because I can’t eat what you eat. And on that note, I ask for your understanding when I refuse to eat something that you’ve made or bought despite telling me that it is gluten-free. Unless I see the recipe, or the package excludes the words “may contain wheat,” I will politely decline. But please don’t look at this as an insult, I’m just trying to protect myself.
To all my friends, family and acquaintances,
Your patience and understanding will make living with this disease much easier.
With many thanks and appreciation,
Your friend with celiac disease.