I'm just about at the 1st anniversary of my diagnosis and I want to take a minute to thank everyone here for your amazing advice and support. If I were to look back at my first posts, I'd see a lot of denial, anger, negotiation (Can I have just a little bit of gluten???), but here I am, one year later - through your guidance having found wonderful foods, recipes, gluten-free bakeries, and acceptance of the way things just will be from here on out.
I consider myself extremely lucky that my Celiac was found so early - I'd only been having symptoms for a few years, and it was just starting to get bad. When I read the stories here of missed diagnosis, years of pain and patronizing doctors who tell you 'it's all in your head', I am so sad for those of you who have had to endure this, and I hope that I can offer you some support in return.
It's not always easy; I miss the ability to just pop into a restaurant when i'm on the go and order anything I want, and I don't enjoy going into the 'spiel' with the waiter, and having to evaluate and assess every morsel that goes into my mouth. BUT - I feel so much better, no longer itch all over, no longer live doubled over, no longer have daily headaches, and that is worth it! As I was explaining to a friend, "How lucky am I that what was wrong with me is treatable, and that I can treat it simply with diet - no daily pills, injections, or chemo."
Thanks again, to all of you who have been here before me, and to those who are just getting diagnosed, I promise you -- it does get easier!