New Here --
Posted 02 February 2005 - 05:46 PM
I'm new here, but unfortunately, not new to celiac disease. I've been diagnosed for about 10 years.
I was a scrawny kid, underweight my whole adult life, and often sick. I suffered from infertility, and after finally getting pregnant each time, I would have a miscarriage (4 total). Still knowing nothing about celiac and having no doctors who could diagnose why all the infertility and miscarriages, I did the only thing I could think of and went to an all-organic, all-whole-foods diet (and obviously got rid of refined, processed foods, such as flour). After just a year, I got pregnant without any help (okay hubby did his part! LOL!), and sailed through that pregnancy without a hitch. A few years later, though, I fell off the "health-foods" kick, and was sick for many more years until diagnosis. (I didn't seem to get the connection between it all, for whatever reason.) OK, finally about 10 years ago, I read about celiac disease and insisted my doctor test me. Positive, of course. Since then I'm doing very well. The cooking is no longer a challenge, but I like to travel a lot, and eating out is difficult, especially if I'm NOT in a big city with gluten-free restaurants.
Glad to have found the board, and look forward to "meeting" everyone.
(Hey, how come I can't do things like put up my photo? Do I have to be here a while or something? It said I can't have access to that part of the board.)
Posted 02 February 2005 - 06:15 PM
Welcome to the board!
That's about all I have to say--no words of advice or reassurance needed--you've been on the diet 10 times longer than I have been .
Posted 02 February 2005 - 10:18 PM
As far as me needing no words of encouragement or support, well, that's another story . . .
I guess there are two great difficulties I experience. One is travel -- always SO difficult to just head to wherever, and survive. We usually end up renting a house or apartment, so we can cook. Hard enough to find gluten-free restaurants (non-existent in some places), but much more inconvenient to travel to them three times a day.
The other is people who just don't "get it" -- I've tried explaining til I'm blue, and get so tired of it. I think a friend or family member totally understands, but then I get to their house for my birthday party and there are sandwiches, pizza, and cake! LOL! So, I have a glass of iced tea and then they ask why I can't have some occasionally. Everyone here must know this feeling?
At least my home is safe -- we have a totally gluten-free home, so there is no cross-contamination or anything for me to worry about (cookware, dishes, or just crumbs off the counter). Easy to stay healthy there at least.
Posted 04 February 2005 - 03:33 PM
welcome to the board from me, too. It just amazes me how fast our "little" group grows every week!
Results for 2011:
1x PA State Champ (I defended my title in pointfighting) and also again Grand Champion in pointfighting
August 20-27: Karate and Kickboxing World Championships in Germany (my homecountry)
gluten-free since 07/21/2004
Shermans Dale, PA
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