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Member Since 06 Oct 2006
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Somewhat New Celiac

02 November 2006 - 07:23 AM

Well hello yall, my name is Joanna, I'm 19 and I was just recently diagnosed with celiac disease in May 2006. During my senior year of high school I missed 28 days due to everything that comes along with celiac disease. At the time my family thought it was just a bug, then the last week of my senior year, I woke up with an unbearable pain on my left side. We went to the emergency room, they gave me morphine and everything, it was bad!!! They did x-rays, thinkin' it was kidney stones, then the Dr. thought it was, gall stones, then they they thought I had IBS (irritable bowl syndrome), then they thought this and thought that, finally I got into GI doctor and he said hey lets do this...so I was scheduled for a colonoscopy and an endoscopy a week after my high school graduation. They found out that I have celiac disease, it was the most dreadful thing to hear, b/c EVERYHING has wheat in it, but I was so happy to finally find out what was giving me such a fit and making me lose so much weigh! I use to go to the bathroom EVERYDAY at school, w/ watery D, I actually had went on myself several times b/c I had such a long way to walk to the bathroom and then tryin' to get the teacher to even let me leave class. My senior year was ruined, but...all i can do is look towards the future. In the beginning I use to dread going out with friends for dinner or to concerts or just to hang out in fear that it would hit me. I felt and still feel like whenever i'm nervous or stressed about something it hits me. Now I'm in my 1st year of college and I'm still dealing with it but I can't let it stop me in my tracks, i've got things I see myself doing in the future, and sittin' on my butt at home because I'm afraid "it" might hit me ain't it. I absolutely dread my public speaking class...I will be a CRAPPY MESS....haha...but I finally realized that their are more people with our problem than let on...so I do what I've got to do and give everything my best...ALWAYS...ALWAYS...ALWAYS REMEMBER: God doesn't give you more than you can handle!!

Oh yeah, i'm in college for nursing. So whenever I make it big i'm gonna let everyone know about celiac disease and then maybe people won't be so yucky about it!!


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