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My name is Jamie, I’m 28, and I have Celiac Disease. 

After my wedding in 2008, I quickly gained around 15 pounds and felt very off, always feeling too full no matter what I ate.  I will spare you the full details of all of the stomach issues I experienced, but I thought I was normal at the time since many of the symptoms I had felt to varying degrees for my whole life.  In March of 2009, I got sick with bronchitis and made a visit to a new doctor.  At the time, I did not think anything else could be wrong with me, but the doctor wanted to do a full physical.  He asked me my medical history, took some blood, gave me an antibiotic and I thought that would be it.  About two weeks later, I got the call that at the time I never thought I would hear.  My doctor told me that I was severely anemic due to the fact that I had an autoimmune disease called Celiac Disease (a disease that causes damage to the small intestine when the body cannot break down gluten; the protein found in wheat, rye and barley).  I was almost in tears at the time since I knew exactly what Celiac Disease was.  My younger sister, Dara, had cut wheat and gluten from her diet 4 years earlier, but was never diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  After many tests and visits to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, I was given the full diagnosis.  The Celiac Disease had caused several other problems in my body including Osteopenia (weakening of bones), joint pain and a Vitamin D deficiency. 

Once given all of my diagnosis on April 29th, 2009, I went fully gluten free even though my biopsy was not scheduled until two days later.  As the doctors suspected, the biopsy came back positive for Celiac Disease.  The doctors put me on a calcium supplement, a daily vitamin, and 50,000iu Vitamin D/week.  I’m happy to report that as of March, 2010 all of my levels are back to normal except for Vitamin D.  Now my body gets to heal itself.

I think that it is important to share the details of my diagnosis so that you have a basis on where I have come from.  Also, if you are like me and have Celiac Disease, I think it’s important to know how others get through it.

Even though I have Celiac, I eat almost the same as I did before…just making a few modifications to certain things.  I hope to appeal to all healthy eaters whether you have to avoid certain foods, have certain food allergies, or can eat just as a normal person.    Many new finds for me since becoming gluten free can appeal to any eater with any type of diet.  Just as most foods can be adapted to be gluten free, most gluten free foods can be made not gluten free.

If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail me at gfreeandhealthy@gmail.com


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