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#61 kiwibird75

 
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:19 PM

Wow, what a lot of amazing people!

At the moment I'm a part time mum (every second week) and a database administrator on a short contract. I'm busily looking for work.

In the past I've been:
A newspaper delivery person
A fast food worker
A nanny
A chef
A housemother/tutor in a girls boarding school (the most fun questions you've ever been asked in your life!)
A training manager for a major fast food chain
A medical receptionist
A medical software trainer and salesperson
A receptionist for a brothel :ph34r: (it's legal in NZ)

Outside of work I'm a mad keen cook, a passionate reader, and by far the most exciting at the moment - a budding pilot!

Can't wait to get to know all you lovely people a little better.
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#62 GlutenFreeManna

 
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:46 PM

I've been unable to work for almost four years due to gluten. I'm working on going back to grad school. Prior to that I held a number of jobs some of them serious and some of them part time gigs to pay the bills while I went to school. Lets see...I have been:

An artist
A lifeguard
Swiming lessons coach
nursery school teacher
babysitter/nanny
Camp counselor
A caterer
A draftsperson
a special events coodinator
A concert/theatre usher (got to see free shows, yay!)
A researcher (and I still research everything)
A plasma doner
A barista
A hotel breakfast hostess/front desk clerk
Retail sales (ugh, not my favorite job except for the clothing discount)
A house cleaner
a used book seller/ebay seller
hair stylist
a muralist
a wedding photographer
painter (the kind that paints house walls, separate from the artist gigs :lol: )
a proof reader for research journal publications
taught undergrad psychology and graduate level statistics at a public unversity while in grad school

.....then I got too sick to work and too sick for school. I haven't done many of these things lately although they all still influence me in many ways. I coupon to save as much money as possible, I cook every meal to save and to stay healthy and I keep house--something I wasn't able to do for a few years. I keep a container vegetable garden and I like to shop thrift stores for fun. I'm thankful for what I can do again and just taking it one day at a time.
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A simple meal with love is better than a feast where there is hatred. Proverbs 15:17 (CEV)

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 02:49 AM

I just completed the college courses I started in the 90's and got my diplomas in the mail today. :D
I am hoping to find a job in Human Service soon. Meanwhile I do volunteer work at a local food pantry and thrift shop, which I love doing.


Thought I would give an update. I did finally find a job and am back working with kids for a national organization. It is a job I did years ago and loved. This first week is kind of trying because we are short handed due to someone being out sick but it is great to be back working with kids again. The only downside is that I am back at the same hourly rate I made working for them 13 yrs ago.
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Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying
"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)


celiac 49 years - Misdiagnosed for 45
Blood tested and repeatedly negative
Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002
Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis
All bold resoved or went into remission with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002
Some residual nerve damage remains as of 2006- this has continued to resolve after eliminating soy in 2007

Mother died of celiac related cancer at 56
Twin brother died as a result of autoimmune liver destruction at age 15

Children 2 with Ulcers, GERD, Depression, , 1 with DH, 1 with severe growth stunting (male adult 5 feet)both finally diagnosed Celiac through blood testing and 1 with endo 6 months after Mom


Positive to Soy and Casien also Aug 2007

Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test Aug 2007
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 05:53 AM

I am a Chemical Engineer for a Fortune 50 company. I've been doing this for over 25 years, and on the fun side of it, I volunteer as a speaker (and demonstrator) at various school career days and Engineering Week events. I've given presentations about engineering to kids from kindergarten through college freshmen at a local technical college. I especially enjoy encouraging girls to pursue math and science, and engineering as a career if they are so inclined. I did not know any engineers when I was in school, so I enjoy the chance to mentor others.

Married with (2) children, my family is my passion. Since my best friend and then my son were diagnosed with Celiac, I have made it my mission to learn all that I can, and then in turn help people who are newly diagnosed. Fortunately, I love to cook, so this gives me a good reason to experiment.

I tell my friends that if I ever get so fed up with my work that I quit or get fired, gluten-free baking will be my next career. I often bring treats in for birthdays, etc. and I only do gluten-free baking anymore.
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 05:59 AM

Thought I would give an update. I did finally find a job and am back working with kids for a national organization. It is a job I did years ago and loved. This first week is kind of trying because we are short handed due to someone being out sick but it is great to be back working with kids again. The only downside is that I am back at the same hourly rate I made working for them 13 yrs ago.


Raven, I've said this before, but you are such an inspiration to me!
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A simple meal with love is better than a feast where there is hatred. Proverbs 15:17 (CEV)

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 07:45 AM

My day job is as an accountant with a large mortgage company. I'm in the back office part, a kind of thankless job. But it's got good hours and low stress.

My alter ego is in a local band that plays mostly original music. We know what we are, and we're not looking for any big contract or looking to make it big, but we enjoy it! It's a great creative outlet. :D
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 10:47 AM

Hmmm....what do I do...I've done a lot. And are you defined as who you are by what you do? So many questions....so little time.... :)

My primary occupation is an Information System Specialist with a focus in Information Security/Information Assurance and Network Administration. I play on one of our worship bands at church, and have a number of hobbies that I cycle through. I'm almost insatiably curious (probably part of my OCD tendencies in certain areas - I drive my wife crazy) and I devour information out of necessity not just a hobby. I'm a font of useless knowledge -- I even occasionally dispense useful tidbits but I try not to make a habit of that! :lol:

I was a cook for a number of years, went to college to become an music ed major with a double in math, studied martial arts and taught self-defense classes, worked in a library, as a ditch digger/manual laborer, landscaping grunt, cut firewood as a job, worked as a programmer/developer, tutored, worked in radio for several years (morning show and production), and a variety of other things. Many of these overlapped and are in no particular order in case you're wondering how I managed to squeeze all that into 26 short working years (I started working my first paying job when I was 15.
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Undiagnosed for 20 years since first symptoms.
March 2009 - Negative Blood work
April 24, 2009 - Gluten-free
April 29, 2009 - Notably positive response to gluten-free Diet.
May 2, 2009 Dairy Free
May 6, 2009, Soy Free
May 27, 2009 Enterolab Results: Positive Anti-gliadin IgA, tTG IgA, Casein, HLA DQ2.2, HLA DQ8
June 4, 2009 Refined sugar free (except Raw Honey, pure Maple syrup)
June 29, 2009, Dad diagnosed Celiac by GI specialist via blood work and dietary response.
July 2009, Dad's gene test: double DQ8! Thanks Dad - I'll try to get you something nice for Christmas! :)
August 8, 2009 Really Soy free this time - Thanks Blue Diamond for the soy lecithin in the almond milk! :(




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