I posted back in January about looking into getting a second opinion. My problems with gluten really surfaced late last summer and I saw a gastroenterologist who did an endoscopy on me last December-- he said everything was fine and I wasn't convinced so I decided to go to another doctor this time making absolutely sure they specialized in Celiac (and where better than the Columbia Celiac Center?).
Ever since January, I've been on a gluten challenge though I've been bad about being consistent in poisoning myself and also bad with getting minimum amounts. I guess most of the time my body just goes on autopilot and wants to eat gluten free. I worry I may not have done the challenge correctly.. but I wouldn't do this again. It's been a long, long journey since I started and regardless of what the results are tomorrow I learned a lot about myself.
It has been confirmed that I have the DQ8 gene. A hydrogen breath test came out positive for fructose intolerance. (I was so worried about gluten, I didn't even think about anything else!) I will be cutting out gluten for sure.
I went through all this for my family so that perhaps I could help someone suffering from digestive issues. I just got engaged so this experience is all the more poignant to me.
Even if I wish it didn't take me being sick for a while, I am thankful for the changes the process has brought about. My desire to build my health has never been stronger. After a lifetime of being in bad shape both physically and mentally, I feel like freedom is more in my grasp than I ever thought possible.