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tmbarke

Member Since 18 Oct 2009
Offline Last Active Jan 08 2011 11:08 PM
It's almost tax time! I won't pay! Updated 04 Jan · 0 comments
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About Me

I'm 44 yrs old and just found out I have a Gluten Intolerance.
I've never known about this kind of allergy until a week ago when my doctor put me on a gluten free diet after discussing symptoms I was having since the beginning of this year.
My jaw dropped!
After all these yrs and I just now develop symptoms? And now you're telling me I have to change everything about the way I eat? About the way I shop?
I struggle with this as I'm sure everyone else does. I'm more angry with the staff at the one health food store I went to 2 days after finding out - I was already feeling like I moved to a new school and they treated me like a freak.
The next time I went shopping at a local grocery store, I found that the gluten-free shelves were practically empty and multiple stock in places where other items should be. So my shopping trip took me 3-1/2 hrs reading labels thru the regular aisles.
Needless to say I came home and took out my frustrations on my brother....like a crazy woman!
It was then I decided I needed a support group so I joined this forum.
I can't do this alone and I AM alone in this. No one understands. They say to me, "Well, guess it's fruits and veggies for you!" and I get this steam engine buiding up inside that tells me to 'slap 'em!' lol
That's me on the right - my sister on the left after a stroke that almost put her in a nursing home 5 mos prior! She's amazing! If she can overcome a stroke, I can overcome this!
I'm here to learn because I take this seriously! I'm the one that experiences symptoms I can't explain away....till now.
Knowledge is power.....so empower me!

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  • Age 49 years old
  • Birthday March 14, 1965
  • Gender
    Female Female
  • Interests
    I love to garden and grow my own flowers.
    I love to cook
    I do crafts and am creative
    Love animals of all kinds too
  • Location
    Grand Rapids, Mi

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