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Mary Blackburn

Member Since 08 Oct 2009
Offline Last Active Jul 07 2011 07:34 AM

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In Topic: New Pittsburgh Member

08 August 2010 - 05:54 PM

Hi Mary
Welcome to the group. There is a wonderful Italian Place in Sharon Pa called Ferrara's Little Italy, they have a nice gluten-free menu plus a bakery. Three Sisters bread is what they serve , very good. Sisters Three are form our area. In Indiana, Pa there is Spaghetti Benders which also has a gluten-free menu. More pricey than the Sharon, Pa eatery.
I've been gluten-free for many years. I also test for the gluten-free community.
I will tell you that I have only been glutened once in the last eight years & it was recently within the last few months.It was from Mandy's..... & we were not treated very well. when questioning the gluten free status... We will not return ....I do know others who enjoy Mandy's & others who have had the same glutened issues. I will, myself only promote places that I'm postitive people will not get sick but I do run a gluten-free group in Butler, Pa. so I have to be sure about places before I tell members they will be safe.
If you haven't been to Soergel's in Wexford yet , Amy has a nice gluten-free store with lots of variety.
Our group also has a mini gluten-free coop if you are intested.


Thanks that is good to know. This was pretty much my first venture on a fast food type of meal. My husband and I really don't eat out a lot. I would love to know more about your co-op. Perhaps you can pm me with some details.


In Topic: New Pittsburgh Member

08 August 2010 - 10:19 AM

Hey Justin welcome to the forum.

I live in Kittanning but I work in Pgh. Have you tried Mandy's Pizza yet? I just had their gluten free pizza last weekend while I was visiting my daughter on the Northside. It was really good.

In Topic: Why Now?

11 October 2009 - 10:21 AM

I just wanted to add my 2 cents worth here. I was "officially" diagnosed with Celiac Sprue by a gastroenterologist at the age of 28. Up to that point in my life, if anyone would have asked I would have said no I didn't have any symptoms at all. I was very thin my whole life, had what was probably dermatitis herpetiformis on my hands and ankles, but was told by a dermatologist that it was flea bites, when she found out I had a dog.

No one else in my family has every been diagnosed with Celiac, but I suspect that my maternal grandmother developed it in her late 80's. She lived to be 91, but the last 4 to 5 years of her life she complained of stomach aches, diarrhea, headaches, rhematoid arthritis, and other symptoms I can't remember right now off the top of my head.

I had been diagnosed in 1986, a few years later is when she started showing the symptoms. My husband and I tried to get her to go on a gluten free diet, because she always felt better when she stayed at my house and ate gluten-free, but she just couldn't get the idea that something (bread) she had made from scratch and ate her whole life could be making her sick.

My symptoms among others, was profuse diarrhea and basically starving to death, and I firmly believe that my grandmother, had she listened to me, would not have wasted away to nothing due to profuse diarrhea at the age of 91.

In Topic: Pittsburgh , Pa & Surrounding Areas

10 October 2009 - 06:11 AM

Thanks for the information. Unfortunately I will be away at that time. Is there a website with information about this annual event?

Do you know of doctors and/or nutritionists in the Pittsburgh area with special interest in Celiac disease?

Doctor Richard Raizman, in Monroeville, PA diagnosed me with Celiac Sprue back in 1986, before anyone had really heard of it. I attribute him to saving my life, without his knowledge of the disease, I have no doubt in my mind that I would have basically starved to death.

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