I know you guys know me better so I am asking here too. I am afraid that those folks in celiac may think I am too harsh and I figured you guys would know I am just looking for a solution. Any thoughts on a good approach
Hi! I spend my time on the Crohns board, but have recently run into an issue with a person with celiac and wanted your expert input. A friend is dating a woman who was diagnosed with celiac about 8-12 months ago. Several of us have noticed that she is "aggressive" with people about her disease and seems to like the attention she gets. Since I am always the opposite (learned to pretend eat when i wasn't feeling well and most don't know I have CD), I was afraid I was too harsh in my opinion. It turns out several of the circle of friends feel the same way.
I want to be patient, but she makes it very difficult as she makes announcements about not being able to eat something. She also demands you tell her what is in each food item---even if you are at a restaurant and you did not cook it. When I told her what was in something, she proceeded to ask two other people. The other problem is she found out I have CD and now she wants to talk about being sick all the time. We also figured out recently that she is a compulsive "story teller" who tends to make things up as she is speaking.
I guess I have my answer that I just need to wait this out until she is more used to her diagnosis. i just don't know if I should say something. I have thought about answering her by saying "I don't talk too much about my Cd as I made it part of my life" or something better worded. I just don't know if I should say something or not, knowing that outside of the disease she has seemed immature and not exactly believable.