Recently, I was invited to a homemade pizza making party and it made me think about the things in my life that I have said yes to because I didn’t want to hurt someone’s feelings who, at no fault of their own, didn’t understand my disease. The friends of mine who were hosting the party bought gluten free flour and offered to make me my own special pizza but I knew the chance of cross-contamination was way too high. This kind gesture is what has gotten me in trouble often in the past. I used to accept the offer and would end up with a stomach ache and a day on the toilet because I couldn’t handle saying no. However, there is a point in life where you have to understand that doing what is best for yourself is not always selfish. It is necessary for your health and well-being.
I went to that pizza making party and had a hell of a time but for the first time in a long time I learned to say no. If you read my post from the start of the year, I have been struggling with this disease. Struggling to live the life that I used to and so desperately want to now. This was a major stepping stone on my journey to truly being healthy. I learned to stand up for myself and didn’t lose any friends on the way. Take a chance and stand up for yourself, too. I promise you that your gut will thank you.