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I live in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am now 54 years old and I believe that I have been gluten intolerant since I was a child.

In my childhood years, gluten intolerance was never diagnosed or tested for. I remember eating at a restaurant and being in such pain that I would lie on the bathroom floor trying to get some relief. In my young adult years I developed an abscess in my colon and almost died. I ended up having a large part of my intestines removed and had a bag fitted for 3 months. I even had my appendix removed as the doctor could not figure out what was wrong with me. I was finally diagnosed about 5 years ago. I had no idea what gluten was or how it could affect me so badly. It has been quite a journey since then with some downs and many ups :))

This forum is great with such awesome info.

I really look forward to being a part of the community!

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Welcome, Irma!  


Alas, I do not reside in South Africa, but in the U.S.  However, I am 54 and like you, was diagnosed with celiac disease.   Things definitely get better as time goes on!  Here's to your improved health!  

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