We started our gluten free journey in August 2012 when my now 9 year old son was diagnosed with celiac disease. I was thankful for this board and all of the support I received at a time when I was feeling overwhelmed and depressed thinking about my son's future. I thought our family would never be able to adjust to our new lifestyle and everyone here reassured me and helped me to understand test results and also helped me traverse the complicated gluten free food world! He was also diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency, so we had that to deal with as well........
I must say that 14 months later I am astonished and amazed at the changes my son has undergone since his diagnosis. He has gained over 13 pounds in a year and has grown 3 inches since starting his gluten free lifestyle and growth hormone therapy. He is much happier, less moody, and most of his ADD symptoms have disappeared. He excels in school and we don't have nearly the attention and emotional issues we had last year. We have had so many friends comment on how great he looks and some that we haven't seen in awhile don't even recognize him. He has had two blood tests since his diagnosis to monitor his antibody levels and both have been normal. He eats like there is no tomorrow and he is growing out of clothes faster than I can buy them! He was well below the growth charts and his is now in the 5th percentile in height and 3rd percentile in weight which is a huge accomplishment for us!
I just wanted to say thank you to all of you and to give hope to the newbies that might have some of the same trepidations about celiac that I had. I can happily say that gluten free living is a normal part of our life. We have two other children that tested negative and my husband and myself also tested negative but he decided to go gluten free and he feels great. Our house is mostly gluten free, and my other two children never complain and most of the time don't even notice a difference when they eat a gluten free substitute. I am in a very happy place and at peace, something that I didn't think was possible 14 months ago!