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Wow! I have to make some Changes!

Posted on: January 30, 2011

Have you ever found yourself excited about finding out you had a disease?

Have you ever said YES! I have to make changes for the rest of my life and be happy you do?

Well I have.  The last 10 years I have bounced around and around specialists: Cardiologist, Gastroenterologist, Rheumatologist, Endocrinologist and even yes even a therapist. Everyone has a way to relieve symptoms, but no one has a reason for them happening or a way to keep them from happening again.

In the last 9 days, my internist has found the reason, booked with a new Gastroenterologist and he has confirmed.

What has been found? Celiac Disease? What the heck is Celiac Disease? Why does this make me happy?

Celiac Disease:  my body does not process a gluten, and because of this my small intestines have been damaged.

Why does this make me happy? After years of dealing with this unknown reason for how I feel, I have an answer and it is treatable.

How is it treated? Remove Gluten from my diet and life.

Are there other things to worry about? I still have to have my children tested to see if they have the positive blood test. If they do, we will remove gluten from their life also.

What changes are in store? The number one thing is to remove the obvious: Wheat, Rye, Barley and Oats. Sounds easy? You never realize how much you crave something until you can no longer have it. For me, it is rather simple. I have been on a low carbohydrate diet on and off for years, but now I can add back rice, corn and potatoes back into my diet, but my weakness. The item I always added back into my low carb as soon as I was at a point to start adding back is Oats. I love oatmeal.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not happy I have this disease, what I am happy about it that for the first time in years, there is name and a treatment for is making me ill. My energy will come back, I can walk a mile with my children, and I can have a hug from my children without hurting!

 My only fear is that I passed on the gene and disease to my children, but I will let their doctor’s review and we tackle if there is a problem.


1 Response to "Wow! I have to make some Changes!"

Bob’s Red Mill makes a certified gf oatmeal. Also there is a company that makes a gf meusli that I really like to add to a bowl of the gf oats for breakfast. Granted Bob’s oats are not instant so plan to make time to prepare it. (I use the crockpot alot for cooking grains for breakfast;-)

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