About Me

I am a 40-year-old mother of 2, a 19-year old son who has Asperger’s, and a 15-year-old daughter.   For years I was sick off and on and had been given multiple diagnosis and drugs, none which seemed to help.  About 4 years ago, while training for a triathlon, my body started shutting down.  I was tired all the time,  had severe stomach pains, headaches, muscle aches, and a long list of other symptoms. which landed me in the hospital several times.  I was diagnosed with thyroid disease and put on Synthroid.  I felt better for a couple of week and then started to get worse again.  That time I was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease and put on steroids.  This started another cycle of diagnosis and misdiagnoses and drugs.  Finally, I switched doctors and my new doctor sent me to a nutritionist.  As soon as I was off the gluten I was feeling better.  My doctor diagnosed me with Celiac’s Disease.  I started out barely being able to get out of bed in the morning to 6 months later I am working out everyday, and training for an in-line marathon with my cousins.  I have been able to get off all, but one of my medications and have continually decreased the dosage over time.   I am hoping to be off medication completely by the end of the year.  My daughter also has had stomachaches since she was about a year old.  The doctors kept saying that it was acid reflux, intestinal infections, and even anxiety.  Over the last year she had developed severe depression from the stress and pain.  I took her off the gluten and her stomach aches and depression have gone away, she really a different kid.  He teachers have even noticed and commented to me on the complete change.  I have also seen a noticeable difference in my son.  As an infant he had what the doctors labeled as “failure to thrive.”  He would have stomachaches and projectile vomiting.  Over the years he has also had major memory problems.  He is feeling better, is more focused and his memory has greatly improved.  My mother, who was also having problems,  decided that since my daughter and I were doing so much better to get tested and found out that she also has Celiac’s.  At 65 she finally has a diagnosis.  Living gluten-free, dairy-free has not been easy.  I have a new appreciation for food and have needed to learn a lot more than I ever wanted to know about cooking and baking.  I hope that you will be able to take the information in this blog and use it to make your gluten free, dairy free life easier.

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