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Newly Cursed (blessed?) By The Sprue

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:o Hello all, my name is Dawn and live in North Carolina. I'm 31 years old, married 4 1/2 years to an excellent guy and couldn't be happier- until recently. I have been cursed (blessed) with the Sprue genes my mom has. She was diagnosed 12 years ago. Mine just in the last couple of weeks has decided to make itself known and I am reeling from it. I have had symptoms here and there for the past several months but in the last few weeks it has hit me like a hammer. I have never felt so crappy in my life!!

I just chaulk it up as another ailment to add to my social anxiety disorder which I have been living with all of my life. :ph34r: I guess I'll have to see this as a blessing since I try to see the positive in everything that happens. When I was finally officially diagnosed with SAD (1999) and put on meds (Paxil) I thought my life was over but I have recently been able to help someone also with SAD to see that life does go on after all. I hope that I can do the same with The Sprue. There is not a support group for Celiacs in my area but I know there has to be more than just me with this here (I live just outside of Fort Bragg, NC) and I hope to find a way to get something going here. It will be interesting to see how that goes being as I am terrified of meeting new people, but maybe this will give me the push I need to do something about that. Hit two birds with one stone!

I hope this finds you all well and that we can have some good board chats.



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Hi jeepgirl, my name is Stacie and live in Georgia, I am 32 with 2 children and married to a wonderful man too, that has been very supportive during my sickness (since August 2002).

I am sorry you are not feeling well but it does sound like you are on top of things. Since your mother has the disease I am sure you are familiar with it, which is a blessing! Most people have never even heard of this strange disease, I mean, allergic to gluten?!?!?! Heck I had never even heard of gluten and had no idea that it was a lot more involved than just looking for the word "gluten".

Have you been tested for Sprue (celiac disease) or are you on a gluten free diet?

I found a list of support groups in NC from this site, I don't know if they are pretty close to you or not but it's worth a shot. I have to drive over an hour to get to the one here in GA ;) but I'm sure it will be worth it!!

Anyway, I do hope you being to feel better soon. Here is the list:

North Carolina

Asheville - - Resource:

Contact: Leah R. Karpen

518 Ox Creek Road

Weaverville, NC 28787

Tel: (704) 645-9067

Boone - Resource:

Contact: Ernest Lane

827 Blairmont Dr.

Boone, NC 28607

Tel: (704) 264-4618 or (704) 262-2380


Chapel Hill - Resource:

Contact: Connie Margolin

908 Kings Mill Road

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Tel: (919) 967-9954


Charlotte - Support Group

Contact 1: Caroline Herdle

Charlotte - Mecklenburg Celiac Support Group

14314 Harbor Estates Rd.

Charlotte, NC 28278

Tel: (704) 588-6842


Contact 2: Daphne Ledford

3947 Abingdon Rd.

Charlotte, NC 28211

Tel: (704) 366-3493

Contact 3: Marsha Beers

9038 Gray Birch Court

Charlotte, NC 28215

Tel: (704) 597-0826


Durham - Fayetteville Support Group

Contact 1: Ruth Thomas

North Carolina Celiacs (CSA)

Tel: (919) 542-4030

Contact 2: Susan Black

Tel: (910) 875-3186

Forest City - Resource:

Contact: Lisa Sievers

141 Greenbriar Dr.

Forest City, NC 28043


Greensboro - Resource:

Contact: Phebe W. Erdman

3205 Oak Ridge Rd.

Summerfield, NC 27358

Tel: (910) 643-1365

Raleigh - Support Group

Contact: Sally Davis Comer

129 W. Park Drive

Raleigh, NC 27605

Tel: (919) 932-7285

E-mail: SComer3470@AOL.COM

Raleigh-Durham - Support Group

Contact 1: Sally Davis Comer

Triangle Celiac Support Group

129 W. Park Drive

Raleigh, NC 27605

Tel: (919) 932-7285

E-mail: SComer3470@AOL.COM

Contact 2: Diana Clarke


Contact 3: Connie Margolin


Summerfield - Resource:

Contact: Phebe W. Erdman

3205 Oak Ridge Rd.

Summerfield, NC 27358

Tel: (910) 643-1365

Winston-Salem - Resource:

Contact: Pam Brown

6295 Lochinvar Drive

Rural Hall, NC 27045

Tel: (910) 377-2687


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:D Thank you Stacie for your welcome. I had a better day today but am still feeling bad. I have an appointment with a GI Doc on 26 Feb. I had blood drawn last Friday but have not heard the results yet.

This thing is frustrating the heck out of me and my poor husband is not taking it well. He hates the idea of me not being ME. Fortunately I have no kids to run after while feeling this bad or else I'd definetely check myself into the nearest rubber room. I am feeling the anger part of the process coming on, which I knew would happen, but doesn't really help. I've been through worse though so no worries (I hope!)

Thanks again for the welcome.


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