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We had her graduation party today (still working on coming to terms with the fact that my baby girl graduated from high school!!!) and it went fairly well. I think we did a fairly decent job with supplying my little guy with gluten free stuff and I made gluten-free Namaste brownies and some gluten-free mini cupcakes so he wouldn't feel left out given there was a cake and cupcakes there. Oh and we had Rudi's buns for his hot dogs (good grief, can we say sticker shock?!?!)

Anyway. I knew, even though he's learning about all of this, it wasn't going to be easy. I mean, who doesn't want cake?

So, I was sitting there, off to the side with him trying to convince him to eat his brownies or cupcakes I made and he was right on the edge of a complete and total meltdown....then my daughter came over with 2 brownies on a plate and told him that Connor was going to come and eat them with him. Not only did he sit and eat something that was completely foreign to him....he had a second one and sat there with my son. Brought tears to my eyes. They sat at their own picnic table away from everyone else and ate their brownies. Man....I know some amazing teenagers!

 

One of her other friends has a sibling that has Celiac and he told her to tell me if I had any questions about anything....to feel free to ask him as they've been dealing with it for a while. :) (Of course, my daughter and her friend have been planning the marriage of their siblings since they were born....they're only a couple months apart....it's cute.)

Anyway....just wanted to give that little shout out....he saved both me and my little guy from what I know would have ended in tears from both of us. Amazing. :)

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Unfortunately, that is also part of the learning experience. There are times when it gets to ya really bad.

 

Good for the boyfriend! That was nice of him :)

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We had her graduation party today (still working on coming to terms with the fact that my baby girl graduated from high school!!!) and it went fairly well. I think we did a fairly decent job with supplying my little guy with gluten free stuff and I made gluten-free Namaste brownies and some gluten-free mini cupcakes so he wouldn't feel left out given there was a cake and cupcakes there. Oh and we had Rudi's buns for his hot dogs (good grief, can we say sticker shock?!?!)

Anyway. I knew, even though he's learning about all of this, it wasn't going to be easy. I mean, who doesn't want cake?

So, I was sitting there, off to the side with him trying to convince him to eat his brownies or cupcakes I made and he was right on the edge of a complete and total meltdown....then my daughter came over with 2 brownies on a plate and told him that Connor was going to come and eat them with him. Not only did he sit and eat something that was completely foreign to him....he had a second one and sat there with my son. Brought tears to my eyes. They sat at their own picnic table away from everyone else and ate their brownies. Man....I know some amazing teenagers!

 

One of her other friends has a sibling that has Celiac and he told her to tell me if I had any questions about anything....to feel free to ask him as they've been dealing with it for a while. :) (Of course, my daughter and her friend have been planning the marriage of their siblings since they were born....they're only a couple months apart....it's cute.)

Anyway....just wanted to give that little shout out....he saved both me and my little guy from what I know would have ended in tears from both of us. Amazing. :)

I got misty eyed, this is a "boy" well on his way to being a fine young MAN.

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Leave it to a teenager to see what most adults don't seem to understand.....that eating gluten-free is not different just because the brownies don't have wheat flour in them.  That's the only part of a brownie that isn't gluten-free.  I think sometimes adults make it harder on kids because they try to explain too much.  There really shouldn't have been any tears because you went the extra mile and supplied your son with cupcakes and brownies. I am sure the special attention paid to your son, by a teenager no less, helped tremendously.  I remember thinking that my older sister's boyfriend was the coolest person alive when I was little.  Now, maybe, there will be no issue with the switch to gluten-free because the boyfriend ate the food too.  What a nice guy!!!!!  :)

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Leave it to a teenager to see what most adults don't seem to understand.....that eating gluten-free is not different just because the brownies don't have wheat flour in them.  That's the only part of a brownie that isn't gluten-free.  I think sometimes adults make it harder on kids because they try to explain too much.  There really shouldn't have been any tears because you went the extra mile and supplied your son with cupcakes and brownies. I am sure the special attention paid to your son, by a teenager no less, helped tremendously.  I remember thinking that my older sister's boyfriend was the coolest person alive when I was little.  Now, maybe, there will be no issue with the switch to gluten-free because the boyfriend ate the food too.  What a nice guy!!!!!  :)

It helps to see others willingly eat what you eat.

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Yeah....I just thought it was really sweet. Those brownies got raves, too. The only person who said they didn't like them was my daughter. My brother was amazed that they were so good. I, unfortunately, never even got to taste one because they were gone before I had a chance!

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Yeah....I just thought it was really sweet. Those brownies got raves, too. The only person who said they didn't like them was my daughter. My brother was amazed that they were so good. I, unfortunately, never even got to taste one because they were gone before I had a chance!

An excuse to make more i think :)

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Ahhhh.  :wub:

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An excuse to make more i think :)

That is pretty much what I was thinking. I did get to lick the mixers....but wanted to try it after it was cooked too. Dang it! It's just been so hot and I just wasn't hungry yesterday....the brownies, cupcakes and cake weren't even tempting to me! The cold fruit, however.... :)

 

Now she tells me, that the reason we had so much leftover cake is because NONE of the teenagers wanted to eat cake in front of my son!!! They all felt bad. I did make a couple of teenage boys' night last night though, letting them take home almost half a sheet cake and a bunch of cupcakes as we're supposed to be going gluten free as a household. (Though, I did anger my older son because he left with his friend and he asked me to save him a piece of cake and I forgot. I also had no idea that he left because he wasn't feeling well and hadn't actually eaten a piece of cake! Doh!) My daughter and her friends are some of the best teenagers I've ever met. I'm so proud to know these kids...they're amazing!

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That is pretty much what I was thinking. I did get to lick the mixers....but wanted to try it after it was cooked too. Dang it! It's just been so hot and I just wasn't hungry yesterday....the brownies, cupcakes and cake weren't even tempting to me! The cold fruit, however.... :)

 

Now she tells me, that the reason we had so much leftover cake is because NONE of the teenagers wanted to eat cake in front of my son!!! They all felt bad. I did make a couple of teenage boys' night last night though, letting them take home almost half a sheet cake and a bunch of cupcakes as we're supposed to be going gluten free as a household. (Though, I did anger my older son because he left with his friend and he asked me to save him a piece of cake and I forgot. I also had no idea that he left because he wasn't feeling well and hadn't actually eaten a piece of cake! Doh!) My daughter and her friends are some of the best teenagers I've ever met. I'm so proud to know these kids...they're amazing!

wheeelll you know that old saying, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree?  goes for good behavior too.!

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wheeelll you know that old saying, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree?  goes for good behavior too.!

:) Thanks. She's been through a lot in her life (her grandpa, uncle, dad and grandma-all on the same side of the family- all passed away pretty much one right after the other. Starting in kindergarten and going through 6th grade) and we've kind of been expecting her to have that teenage meltdown. It never happened though. I had her young too so it's always been a prove to the world I can do this attitude and I did! :) And..she graduated high school with honors. (That's me sticking my tongue out at all the people that looked down on me for being a teenage mom.) I am so very, very proud of my daughter....she amazes me every day!

Now...if I could just get her brother to bring his grades up and work to his potential....I would be one happy mama! :) *sigh* At least he didn't fail any of his classes this year.

Little guy...well...he's just going into 1st grade and still actually likes school so, we're good there! ;)

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:) Thanks. She's been through a lot in her life (her grandpa, uncle, dad and grandma-all on the same side of the family- all passed away pretty much one right after the other. Starting in kindergarten and going through 6th grade) and we've kind of been expecting her to have that teenage meltdown. It never happened though. I had her young too so it's always been a prove to the world I can do this attitude and I did! :) And..she graduated high school with honors. (That's me sticking my tongue out at all the people that looked down on me for being a teenage mom.) I am so very, very proud of my daughter....she amazes me every day!

Now...if I could just get her brother to bring his grades up and work to his potential....I would be one happy mama! :) *sigh* At least he didn't fail any of his classes this year.

Little guy...well...he's just going into 1st grade and still actually likes school so, we're good there! ;)

 

Has your older son been tested?  All first degree relatives should...but your comment about your son's schoolwork made me ask.  You see my youngest tested negative at 13 -- yet his scholastic focus improved exponentially as we became a gluten free home a few years ago.  He also lost his muscle/joint pain that was recurrent since he was a small child.  Not everything improves gluten-free -- but sometimes there are a few surprises once gluten is removed.

 

Fantastic story -- thanks for sharing -- I am a fortunate Mom as well -- my youngest just graduated HS and boy -- that one is tough to fully grip!  He and his pals are another group of stellar young adults...they amaze and entertain me every day!

 

Oh...and gluten-free cakes, brownies and cocoa pebble crispy treats became a staple in our home early on as my older son was diagnosed shortly after me at age 15....removing gluten is tough at any age...but for teens it really cuts into their social activities so I made sure he always had a treat at home or in his backpack when heading out to meet friends -- before long I was making more as he liked to share with his buds.

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Has your older son been tested?  All first degree relatives should...but your comment about your son's schoolwork made me ask.  You see my youngest tested negative at 13 -- yet his scholastic focus improved exponentially as we became a gluten free home a few years ago.  He also lost his muscle/joint pain that was recurrent since he was a small child.  Not everything improves gluten-free -- but sometimes there are a few surprises once gluten is removed.

 

Fantastic story -- thanks for sharing -- I am a fortunate Mom as well -- my youngest just graduated HS and boy -- that one is tough to fully grip!  He and his pals are another group of stellar young adults...they amaze and entertain me every day!

 

Oh...and gluten-free cakes, brownies and cocoa pebble crispy treats became a staple in our home early on as my older son was diagnosed shortly after me at age 15....removing gluten is tough at any age...but for teens it really cuts into their social activities so I made sure he always had a treat at home or in his backpack when heading out to meet friends -- before long I was making more as he liked to share with his buds.

Everyone in the house has been tested....little guy is the only one who's tested positive. Though, I have to say I was rather shocked that my older son didn't test positive. With all his issues (past and present) I figured he would for sure. Oh and I really hope he gains some focus and loses the joint pain....that would be wonderful! He worries me sometimes.

I'm just going to stay in my little imaginary world that keeps my youngest from getting any older. It was hard enough dealing with my daughter graduating....I can just imagine it's going to be that much harder when my baby graduates. I've got 12 more years before I have to even think about it with him though. :) I'm just crossing my fingers with his older brother! ;)

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Everyone in the house has been tested....little guy is the only one who's tested positive. Though, I have to say I was rather shocked that my older son didn't test positive. With all his issues (past and present) I figured he would for sure. Oh and I really hope he gains some focus and loses the joint pain....that would be wonderful! He worries me sometimes.

I'm just going to stay in my little imaginary world that keeps my youngest from getting any older. It was hard enough dealing with my daughter graduating....I can just imagine it's going to be that much harder when my baby graduates. I've got 12 more years before I have to even think about it with him though. :) I'm just crossing my fingers with his older brother! ;)

 

I think it is the toughest when children or teens don't test positive but have numerous symptoms.

 

All of my children and grandkids are now gluten free with improved health -- I was the first dx'd 4 years ago, followed by my then 18 month old grandson and 25 year old daughter - my 15 year old at the time had been sick on and off for several years with several of the "non-classic" celiac symptoms along with severe gerd/lung issues for 7 solid years.  He decided to try removing gluten and improved immediately -- he has official dx now even tho his initial antibody tests were negative - based on symptom resolution and improved nutrient testing along with the complete inability to consume even minute amounts of gluten cross-contamination plus genes.  

 

That left the youngest son -- 13 at my dx...he never really chose to remove gluten...but because we already cooked most foods at home we evolved into a completely gluten-free kitchen -- mostly because I had to remove so many other items...my husband decided to simplify matters by only eating gluten outside the home.

 

So -- there are four "official" celiacs and two NCGI's along with two hubbys/dads that feel better gluten-free in our family.

 

Thanks again for sharing the heart warming story and hang on -- your older son is going through a rough stage even if gluten isn't a factor.  He may surprise you one day very soon -- I hope so :)

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I think it is the toughest when children or teens don't test positive but have numerous symptoms.

 

All of my children and grandkids are now gluten free with improved health -- I was the first dx'd 4 years ago, followed by my then 18 month old grandson and 25 year old daughter - my 15 year old at the time had been sick on and off for several years with several of the "non-classic" celiac symptoms along with severe gerd/lung issues for 7 solid years.  He decided to try removing gluten and improved immediately -- he has official dx now even tho his initial antibody tests were negative - based on symptom resolution and improved nutrient testing along with the complete inability to consume even minute amounts of gluten cross-contamination plus genes.  

 

That left the youngest son -- 13 at my dx...he never really chose to remove gluten...but because we already cooked most foods at home we evolved into a completely gluten-free kitchen -- mostly because I had to remove so many other items...my husband decided to simplify matters by only eating gluten outside the home.

 

So -- there are four "official" celiacs and two NCGI's along with two hubbys/dads that feel better gluten-free in our family.

 

Thanks again for sharing the heart warming story and hang on -- your older son is going through a rough stage even if gluten isn't a factor.  He may surprise you one day very soon -- I hope so :)

:) Thanks. I need to be reminded that this too shall pass....especially with him sometimes. He's definitely my challenging one. I just have to remind myself that even when he's challenging at home....he behaves everywhere else and hasn't gotten in any trouble, yet. Ah teenagers. I'd so rather have a bunch of 3 & 4 year olds sometimes! ;)

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I think it is the toughest when children or teens don't test positive but have numerous symptoms.

 

All of my children and grandkids are now gluten free with improved health -- I was the first dx'd 4 years ago, followed by my then 18 month old grandson and 25 year old daughter - my 15 year old at the time had been sick on and off for several years with several of the "non-classic" celiac symptoms along with severe gerd/lung issues for 7 solid years.  He decided to try removing gluten and improved immediately -- he has official dx now even tho his initial antibody tests were negative - based on symptom resolution and improved nutrient testing along with the complete inability to consume even minute amounts of gluten cross-contamination plus genes.  

 

That left the youngest son -- 13 at my dx...he never really chose to remove gluten...but because we already cooked most foods at home we evolved into a completely gluten-free kitchen -- mostly because I had to remove so many other items...my husband decided to simplify matters by only eating gluten outside the home.

 

So -- there are four "official" celiacs and two NCGI's along with two hubbys/dads that feel better gluten-free in our family.

 

Thanks again for sharing the heart warming story and hang on -- your older son is going through a rough stage even if gluten isn't a factor.  He may surprise you one day very soon -- I hope so :)

Also wanted to say...I'm glad everyone is feeling better in your house with the gluten free. It amazes me how very different all the symptoms can be and how spotty the testing seems to be! Gives me hope that cutting out gluten will help everyone and not just the little guy.

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Ah teenagers. I'd so rather have a bunch of 3 & 4 year olds sometimes! ;)

 

Been there...thankfully it got better :)

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    • It sounds like you're doing great. That's amazing that your anxiety has decreased like that. You're obviously doing something really good for your health. With the other things I'm sure they will get better in time. After I gave up gluten I had a bad year but overall it got better. Things like anxiety and insomnia massively improved over time with being gluten free. However, going Paleo (which you are on your way to with the no dairy too) really helped my anxiety, as did running and self-taught acupressure. In particular I found processed gluten free foods were awful for my mood. I know you have to find your own way but I really want to encourage you to see how you feel without that if you haven't already. I also can't afford therapy but when I did have it, that helped too but just being well, gives you the chance to sort your own thoughts and feelings out even without a therapist. Good luck
    • Thank you so much guys. Reading that last response and those from forum members who seemed to be mind-bogglingly sensitive to gluten at times helps me feel like less of a freak  Perhaps worse than the symptoms themselves was my fear that I'm the only person on earth who has gone through this and that if it continues, I will end up with all of my friends and family washing their hands of me because it would look to them like I'm the only one with this and so I must be crazy. It's really good to hear that the sensitivity can go down too. I've been holding onto this idea through the tough times, reminding myself that I also had really bad hayfever for a few years, and asthma at a different time and they both got better.  It has been a whole month since I had a bad reaction to gluten. It has also been two weeks since I even had a small reaction and I'm feeling SO much better. I'm still going to take every precaution I can but this feels worlds away from how it was. At my most risk averse, I had a day on holiday where I only ate bananas and avocados because I could eat them without them having been touched by human hands, even my own! (This was straight after getting sicker and sicker and hunting down what it was that made me ill. I found the refill bottles of soap in the house where I was staying and read that they had wheat in them - not an airborne reaction I imagine but when I washed my hands to prepare food it was probably contaminating my food. Plus because I didn't speak the language, I couldn't be sure the new soap I bought was gluten free.) Now, I am still avoiding environments with lots of gluten and staying clear of grains, but I have reintroduced rice using the food challenge method as directed by my dietician (since I understand that rice is, according to Dr Fasano, the lowest risk of gluten contamination of all the grains) and I am building my weight back up. My Paleo+Fasano diet has been assessed by a registered dietician to include every nutrient and micronutrient that I need so I guess having a really good diet is helping too. My husband has been able to see also that the last time he cooked gluten in the house was the last time I got ill. So it is reassuring for him to see that the sacrifice he is making is making such a difference to me. I also took the advice about new cooking utensils - thanks! I have my fingers crossed for me. I want this better health to continue but right now I'm happy to know that there is a break in the clouds and to know that I can feel like me again. A lot of the steps I have taken to avoid gluten would be seen by some as over the top but I can say that for me, when I introduced these steps, that's when I stopped getting reactions and it's all worth it. Good luck to everyone, sensitive or not, who gets into a bad place with managing their reactions. Hang on in there!        
    • Hello all  I have been living gluten free now for 6 months, as directed by my family doctor after a 6 week elimination diet revealed that I may be celiac or gluten sensitive. I was tested by blood work,  which showed nothing, and am awaiting a specialist to get a biopsy done. I am no where close to getting into see her as it is cased as a non emergency. I have been constantly having bowel problems, rashes all over my body, low iron, weight fluctuations, no energy, depression  and anxiety now for 6 years. Have been a huge nuisance(imo) to my doctor requiring constant antibiotics for this,  creams for this "mystery rash" and either laxatives for constipation that would sometimes go on for over a week to diarrhea that would keep my home- no in between . It hasn't been easy, especially whenever doctors are so quick to blame all symptoms as mental illness. Even though I have continuously told them I feel my issues are something simple...  not a mental illness. Anyways long story short, after going gluten free I have had somewhat Nnormal bowel functions, less rashes around my stomach, been able to cut back drastically on my depression medications and anxiety meds, and energy has taken a huge improvement  which all is great! But .... I am constantly HUngry have gained 20 lbs and can no longer fit into most of my clothes. This is really bothering me because I am afraid I am approaching a weight problem.  At only 5'5" weighing 165lbs is large to begin with. Especially whenever I have two children and have only EVER weighed this much while being pregnant with them. I am 26 years old and just tired of not being myself. I am physically healthy and just would like my body to act it. Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I said I am only 6 months into my journey and have definitely re exposed myself to gluten (accidently) many times in between. Much love. 
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