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#1 Poppi

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 04:28 PM

I don't know if this belongs in "Coping With" but there is no "Celebrating" section so I'm putting this here.

2 1/2 months ago I could not walk my youngest son to school. 6 blocks was too far for me. My arthritis was crippling, I had no energy, every part of my body hurt. SIX BLOCKS was beyond me. I was terrified at the thought of living another 60 years in this body becoming more and more crippled.

Today I completed my intro level sea kayak certification. 6 hours in a kayak paddling against wind in ocean swell. Wet exits, eskimo rescues, using my upper body strength the lift and turn kayaks in the water and climb in and out of the boats. It was exhausting but I am so proud of myself. I was the only woman in the course and the other 3 participants were military men in great shape (my husband and 2 coworkers). I kept up with them all day and did everything that they did. Occasionally it took a couple of tries but I did it.

The 2 coworkers and the instructors were horrified at lunch when I was telling them what I can't have because of celiac but it didn't phase me at all. Go ahead and eat your sandwich, drink your beer ... being gluten free has given me a life I always envied in others.

I'm so happy right now. Exhausted and sore but happy.
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Sara

Busy mom to 3 great kids (4, 8 and 18)

Gluten free since April 6, 2011 ~ Also sensitive to coconut, coffee and food dyes

Joint pain, mouth sores, back and neck pain, migraines, stomach pain, chronic fatigue, ADD and depression are all gone.
Wishing I had been diagnosed before celiac robbed me of the cartilage in my toes and the 3 babies we lost to miscarriages.


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#2 bigbird16

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 04:35 PM

How awesome, Sara!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!:D
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Migraines, ataxia, peripheral neuropathy, anxiety, paranoia, joint pain, vivid nightmares, exhaustion & lethargy, brain fog, bloat, GI issues--all gone or significantly reduced since dietary changes were made

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"'Always remember, Bilbo, when your heart wants lifting, think of pleasant things.' 'Eggs, bacon, a good full pipe, my garden at twilight....'" (The Hobbit, animated movie, 1977)

#3 kareng

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 04:41 PM

Super Woman!
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#4 psawyer

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 04:49 PM

Awesome!
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#5 glutenfreegirl

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 04:55 PM

I am so proud for you....you give me hope and inspiration.....please share all of your success stories that are to come....I look forward to hearing the next one.....
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#6 Harpgirl

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 04:55 PM

Awesome job! Kayaking is not easy! Keep it up! :D
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Gluten free 6/10/11
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History, genetics, and response to diet point to celiac anyway.

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#7 Lisa

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 04:56 PM

Very Cool! You are an inspiration for all women, challenged with health issues or not! And, I'm sure, an inspiration to those looking for the light at the end of tunnel. :D
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#8 Greenling

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 05:12 PM

Wow, that's really cool. Congratulations on the certification! And how amazing to feel soooo much better in such a short time. :)
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Posted 18 June 2011 - 05:48 PM

WHOOHOO! You go, girl!! Major kudos!! :)
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#10 Poppi

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 05:57 PM

Thank you so much. Every part of my body hurts right now but it was worth it. We're looking at doing our level 1 skills certification in August and that is two 8 hour days in a row.
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Sara

Busy mom to 3 great kids (4, 8 and 18)

Gluten free since April 6, 2011 ~ Also sensitive to coconut, coffee and food dyes

Joint pain, mouth sores, back and neck pain, migraines, stomach pain, chronic fatigue, ADD and depression are all gone.
Wishing I had been diagnosed before celiac robbed me of the cartilage in my toes and the 3 babies we lost to miscarriages.


#11 Newtoitall

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 06:01 PM

wow that's exactly what I want!

congrats!

lol beer+fitness = lolol

teach them how to be healthier =D
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#12 lizard00

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 06:29 PM

This makes me so happy! Congrats! :D
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Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:01 PM

That is totally AWESOME!!!!!! You go, girl!!!! B) :D
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Becky (me)-35yo; hypothyroid 8yrs (symptoms at least 1 yr prior); Plantar Fasciitis (PF) (tendonitis in foot) 4 yrs; ovary & softball size cyst removed Feb 2008; Sleep Apnea 3yrs; Dec 2008- realized wheat affects hormones-- went semi- gluten-free (aka, gluten lite!). Interstitial Cystitis (IC, aka painful bladder syndrome) (self dx. controlled by diet- can't have acidic foods/ drinks). July 2010-- realized there was more going on, was going to do the sensitivity/ Celiac testing, decided it wasn't worth it! Am now truely learning to live the gluten- free lifestyle!
My DH-38 yo; born w/ Spastic cerebral palsy. legally blind, uses wheelchair. back surgery Aug 2007, has continued back troubles.

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 11:12 PM

Congratulations - that's amazing and you should be so proud. Great for us all (members new AND old to the boards) to read about such successes! Really happy for you :)
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Posted 19 June 2011 - 12:44 AM

Amazing! You are indeed an inspiration.

Good luck in August, I am sure you will do well!
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Diagnosed celiac sprue as infant: failure to thrive & pneumonia-back on grains age 4. Began herbs 1971 combating chronic kidney disease/general ill health 1973. Avoid wheat family and "allergens" by 1980. Late 80's doc. diagnosed candida: cave-man diet. Diagnosed degraded myelin sheath 2006; need co-enzyme B vitamins. Discovered celiac fall 2007; finally told diagnosis as infant. Recently found I am salicylic acid intolerant. Ironically can't tolerate most herbs now. Can now eat brown rice & other gluten-free grains (except corn) & even maple syrup & now homeopathic medicine works! Am still exploring the shape of this elephant but I've made progress!


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