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Hi,

I was diagnosed less than 2 weeks ago, 1/3/12 to be exact. Immediately Gluten free, no slip ups yet. Gonna get a little personal here, hope you do not mind, but this has been sticking in my head for 2 days now and I have to talk about it somewhere that people will not look at me like I am crazy.

After a meal, usually dinner, if my husband had to use the bathroom he would say to me "I have to use the bathroom do you need to go in first?" (him knowing that I ALWAYS had to go after a meal and him being a man meaning he could spend an hour in there :)). I was standing in the hallway talking to my daughter. My husband walked by and asked the question I have heard dozens of times over the past several years. I paused, looked at him and said "No." After another few seconds I looked at my daughter, smiled and said "Wow! It felt great to say that and really mean it!" I almost cried.

Thanks for listening I have been thinking about this moment and a few others like it for the past couple of days. Makes all of the label reading and day dreams of foods that are now off limits really, really worth it!

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That's one of those stories that only a small percentage of the population would truly understand and appreciate . . . and you found them here.

I'm glad things are going well for you. Welcome to the board.

:D

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Totally get it! Congratulations!

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:D Isn't it fun to solve the disruption in your life. AND liberating.!!!!!
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I spent about 25 years like that.

After a meal I thought that I had to run to the restroom shortly thereafter because:

1) Everyone does that. Isn't that normal?

or

2) I ate too much. (Doctors always indicated that my stomach wouldn't hurt if I wasn't overweight).

Rolling on the bathroom floor in pain was normal, right?

Gah.

OP -- welcome and glad you got a diagnosis. It's a great feeling!

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I had that moment one Sunday in December when I realized that I had spent the whole afternoon Christmas shopping and never once thought about where the washrooms were located in the stores. Normal life is Awesome.

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I spent about 25 years like that.

After a meal I thought that I had to run to the restroom shortly thereafter because:

1) Everyone does that. Isn't that normal?

or

2) I ate too much. (Doctors always indicated that my stomach wouldn't hurt if I wasn't overweight).

Rolling on the bathroom floor in pain was normal, right?

Gah.

OP -- welcome and glad you got a diagnosis. It's a great feeling!

Exactly! Same for me. And it is a great feeling for sure!

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I had that moment one Sunday in December when I realized that I had spent the whole afternoon Christmas shopping and never once thought about where the washrooms were located in the stores. Normal life is Awesome.

Normal life is awesome :)

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Normal life is awesome :)

...and we appreciate it even more when we realize just how abnormal it had been.

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Since I know where every single bathroom is within the 175 mile radius of my home, including the back roads in 3 neighboring states, (and sadly, some remote spots once employed in emergency situations :( ) I can so relate to your pure joy at being "normal" again. :)

I was never "normal" in my life. :rolleyes:

Until now. :)

so, YEAH, BABY!! That is AWESOME news!!! B)

So happy for you and WELCOME to the forum!

You can't see me, but just know that IH is clapping enthusiastically !!!

Cheers,

IH

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Big smile on my face as I read your post. I know that feeling very well! Welcome to "normal" aint' it great?! :D

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