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Mary Blackburn

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About Mary Blackburn

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  • Birthday July 27

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    I love reading, cooking, & baking, gardening, animals, sightseeing, traveling, writing and spending time with my family.
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    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Thanks that is good to know. This was pretty much my first venture on a fast food type of meal. My husband and I really don't eat out a lot. I would love to know more about your co-op. Perhaps you can pm me with some details. Mary
  2. Hey Justin welcome to the forum. I live in Kittanning but I work in Pgh. Have you tried Mandy's Pizza yet? I just had their gluten free pizza last weekend while I was visiting my daughter on the Northside. It was really good.
  3. I just wanted to add my 2 cents worth here. I was "officially" diagnosed with Celiac Sprue by a gastroenterologist at the age of 28. Up to that point in my life, if anyone would have asked I would have said no I didn't have any symptoms at all. I was very thin my whole life, had what was probably dermatitis herpetiformis on my hands and ankles, but was told by a dermatologist that it was flea bites, when she found out I had a dog. No one else in my family has every been diagnosed with Celiac, but I suspect that my maternal grandmother developed it in her late 80's. She lived to be 91, but the last 4 to 5 years of her life she complained of stomach aches, diarrhea, headaches, rhematoid arthritis, and other symptoms I can't remember right now off the top of my head. I had been diagnosed in 1986, a few years later is when she started showing the symptoms. My husband and I tried to get her to go on a gluten free diet, because she always felt better when she stayed at my house and ate gluten-free, but she just couldn't get the idea that something (bread) she had made from scratch and ate her whole life could be making her sick. My symptoms among others, was profuse diarrhea and basically starving to death, and I firmly believe that my grandmother, had she listened to me, would not have wasted away to nothing due to profuse diarrhea at the age of 91.
  4. Congratulations on finishing your first book. Good luck with the next 7. I am writing my first book, a celiac/gluten free cookbook. I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of the month. It's okay to write your stuff by hand, I write all my blog posts by hand. By the way congratulations on your new sibling that is on the way. My youngest granddaughter is 2 years old, my oldest is 5, and I'm looking forward to when the next one is on the way. Keep working at your books, you'll get there. Mary Blackburn
  5. I know how hard this is going to be. I have been gluten free for 22 years. I just read some information saying that the difference in cost of my gluten-free food could be a tax write off IF I have a medical diagnosis. I had the medical diagnosis 22 years ago. The doctor didn't give me any documentaton at that time, (at least I don't think so), and they don't keep medical records that long. Only 7 years. So if I want the diagnosis I too will have to go back on gluten for a while. Don't want to do this because before I was diagnosed I dropped down to 100 pounds and nearly starved to death. Not to mention the other uncomfortable intestinal symptoms of classic celiac disease. I'm not sure how to answer your question about how much gluten to eat. It depends. The intollerance is different for different people. Some people can tollerate small amounts with no problem and others can't even tollerate the slightest bit of cross contamination. What kind of symptoms do you get when you eat gluten? That might be a place to start. Good luck.
  6. Doctor Richard Raizman, in Monroeville, PA diagnosed me with Celiac Sprue back in 1986, before anyone had really heard of it. I attribute him to saving my life, without his knowledge of the disease, I have no doubt in my mind that I would have basically starved to death.