I am a 38 year old woman and native San Franciscan, now living in northern Nevada...I'm also a Blogger. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease on April 15, 2000 - the Millennium year proved to be quite significant for my life, minus any YK2 computer crashes. My diagnosis arrived sincerely just in the nick of time, because at the ripe old age of 30 I was on my out of this life, due to almost a decade of severe sickness, complications and misdiagnoses. There are still many a day when a flash of my pre-diagnosis past enters my mind and I remember glimpses of my life during those years of confusion, sickness, despair, and ultimate frustration. I don't recall ever feeling fearful of what was happening to me though, because the funny thing about the human spirit is - we fight to live; it's innate to our souls...and of our being. However, I can honestly say that my parents and brother would not concur with my last sentence because they were laden with the fear and uncertainty of my future more than I - my job was to fight through, research, keep living, keep filling up my soul with whatever joys and enjoyment I could still physically and emotionally take in...and I did just that.
I would be honored for any of you out there to take a look at my blog and see what you think, or better yet, please subscribe to receive my blog postings...it's easy to do from the home page at www.glutenfreebowlofsoul.blogspot.com.
- By Aimee Eiguren
- Published 04/22/2008
Being a Celiac has been such a tremendous journey of transformation, observation and consequently learning so much about myself. I look my diagnosis now as a blessing - a gift, really. I realize for those of you newly diagnosed Celiacs, a few who have written to me, you are definitely NOT sharing my same sentiments right now. You will...in time. There are so many emotions wrapped around the realization that gluten will do serious harm to you, both physically and mentally. Most non-Celiacs are baffled as to how this could be so complex. I am always patient to try and explain that suddenly being diagnosed with this auto-immune disease, especially in your adult years, is a tremendously difficult challenge to overcome...but we all do, with grace and humility AND a lot of help from our fellow Celiacs.
My advice to anyone reading this entry is...reach out for help! Do not be afraid to ask, inquire, research, study, learn and once again...ask for help. I'm more than willing to be added to your list of Celiac supporters. It takes strength and courage to live with this disease, but you will be amazed at the wonderfully insightful and caring humans you will encounter on your journey back to health and happiness.
Gluten-free abundance to each and every one of you.
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