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TinkerbellSwt

Made It Thru The First Year!

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I dont know where this should be posted.. but I chose here to start, I am sure it will be moved if appropriate. I just wanted to toot my own horn for a second... I have officially made my first year of gluten free living. I cant say I feel totally better yet, but the improvement is huge. Last year at this time I was down sooo much weight, my wedding dress seamstress told me I was not allowed to lose any more weight!

Not that I still need to anyway... but that isnt the point. I have made it.. and to all those who havent reached a year yet.. just hang in there.. it gets easier and better. I am so used to reading the labels and watching what and where I eat.. its not even a second thought anymore!

I have babbled on enough.. thanks for listening! B)


Stephanie

Gluten free since October 05

son born severly premature due to

celiac

"True love stories never end" Richard Bach

"Did you ever stop thinking and forget to start again?" AA Milne

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you" AA Milne

Swimming Instructor #2 and Town Crier of Rachelville

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That is great! I too just hit the year mark. It's a mixed blessing huh? I agree with you totally that the label reading is so much easier now- that is the thing that overwhelmed me the most, at first it seemed like there was nothing, absolutely nothing that I could eat. Now it is second nature to always check ingredients and I have found plenty of great food I can still eat. Hopefully it is all downhill from here, right?


Gluten free since 10/05

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Congrats!

Brief hijack :ph34r: : Ty's one year was in August. Last night after trick or treating, Dad said why can't you have a Mars bar? And Ty said. Malt. Then after label reading Daddy learned Mars has malted barley. Yay for kids who know more than dads! Also, Yay for dads who don't mind learning.

Now back to patting Tink on the back. Attagirl!


Linda, Mom to Ty (11 years old)

Ty was diagnosed by blood test June 7/05

biopsy Aug 11/05, diagnosis confirmed Aug 18/05

Mom, Dad and big brother Celiac-free.

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Happy gluten-free year to you...happy gluten-free year to you...happy gluten-free year dear Tink....happy gluten-free year to you. Congrats!!!!


Amy

Diagnosed by biopsy with DH August 2005

Diagnosed with hypo-thyroidism December 2005

Diagnosed by biopsy with Celiac July 2006

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Congrats! That is a big accomplishment. I'm almost there myself and I remember my anniversary monthly.

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Congratulations on getting the first year under your belt! :D


Patti

"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans"

"When people show you who they are, believe them"--Maya Angelou

"Bloom where you are planted"--Bev

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Good for you!!! My Mom and I have just hit the 1st year mark. I agree with all of you that identifying gluten is soooo much easier after doing it a while. We were a bit overwhelmed at first. Now, if something we like has gluten, we find a recipe and make it ourselves!!

I do have a question for you seasoned celiacs. I am having my annual physical this week and would like to know if there are any blood tests that I should have? I am currently taking medication for hypo thyroid, so I know to get that checked, but I'm just wondering about anything else.

Once again, great job and continued success with gluten free living!!! :)

Thanks for the help,

Janie

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Congratulations!


Andrea

Enterolab positive results only June 06:
Me HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0301; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2, 7)
Husband HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0302; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2,8)



The whole family has been soy free since February, gluten free since June 2006.

The whole family went back to a gluten diet October 2011.  We never had official testing done and I decided to give gluten a go again.  At this point I've decided to work on making some gluten free things again, though healthwise everyone seems to be fine.  The decision to add gluten back in was also made based on other things I'd read about the 2nd sequence of genes.  It is my belief that we had a gluten intolerance, but thanks to things I've learned here, I know more what to keep an eye on.  If you have a confirmed case of celiac, please don't go back to gluten, it's a lifelong lifestyle change.

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Congratulations! The first year is the hardest. It just gets easier by the day from this point on. :) Hope you can make a few moments to celebrate this "anniversary".


~Angie~

Gluten free since May 2004

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Congratulations!!!

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Congrats on your accomplishment! I know it must feel really great to look back at where you began and where you are now. I'm looking forward to celebrating my ann. in Jan.


Dx'd with anemia - March 2005

Positive blood tests - Sept. 2005

Positive biopsy - Jan. 2006

Gluten free since 1-23-06

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Congrats!! I remember that 1 year mark. It is such a great feeling. Celebrate with some gluten-free brownies or something :)

-Jessica :rolleyes:


Jessica

Gluten Free since 12-31-2002!!

Kansas

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Congratulations!! A year is really awesome. I've only been gluten-free a month - tomorrow. All of you give me hope.

I hope you celebrate!

Melissa :D


Melissa in Virginia

Age 35, married, 2 kids, 2 dogs.

No diagnosis. Gluten free since 10/2/06

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Great Job!!!! Congrats!!


Jillian

Positive Blood test and Biopsy

Inflamed stomach lining

Gluten free since July 6, 2005

Tarrytown, NY

"Sometimes being a b$tch is all a woman has to hold onto." - Dolores Claiborne

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Congrats!

Brief hijack :ph34r: : Ty's one year was in August. Last night after trick or treating, Dad said why can't you have a Mars bar? And Ty said. Malt. Then after label reading Daddy learned Mars has malted barley. Yay for kids who know more than dads! Also, Yay for dads who don't mind learning.

Now back to patting Tink on the back. Attagirl!

What a great story--thanks for sharing it! My son, Tanner, has just been gluten-free for 5 months, but he sorted all his Halloween candy, then asked me to double check it--he did a great job in the sorting, and crowed happily about all that was left OK for him to eat and didn't bat an eye at the stuff I got rid of. I am thankful for blessings like this.


Diagnosed in March 2006 by blood test and biopsy. Eleven year old son diagnosed in May 2006. Both gluten-free since diagnosis.

The Susanna (Flagstaff, AZ)

"I GOTTA have more cowbell!."

--The legendary Bruce Dickenson

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congrats!! glad to hear you're doing so much better!


Tiffany aka "Have I Mentioned Chocolate Lately?"

Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy

G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004

Hiker, Yoga Teacher, Engineer, Painter, Be-er of Me

Bellevue, WA

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Congratulations! I will hit my 1 year mark in Dec. and have recently marveled at how much easier it has gotten since begining this crazy journey. I hope you celebrate!

Kate


Gluten free since 12/05 and feeling better!

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Thank you all for your congrats! I havent had a chance to celebrate as I cant open my mouth all the way for a bit.. I have strained muscles in my jaw.. and it hurts soo much.. but as soon as I can.. gluten free cupcakes all the way!!!!


Stephanie

Gluten free since October 05

son born severly premature due to

celiac

"True love stories never end" Richard Bach

"Did you ever stop thinking and forget to start again?" AA Milne

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you" AA Milne

Swimming Instructor #2 and Town Crier of Rachelville

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It was really nice to read your post as i sit here in an overwhelmed state at where to begin, and my eyes hurting from reading all the ant sized labels :blink: ....I can't wait for all this to be second nature, thanks for posting what you did, i needed that to lift this fog i'm in :)

Breann

oh and most importantly- CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

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It was really nice to read your post as i sit here in an overwhelmed state at where to begin, and my eyes hurting from reading all the ant sized labels :blink: ....I can't wait for all this to be second nature, thanks for posting what you did, i needed that to lift this fog i'm in :)

Breann

oh and most importantly- CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

I second everything Breann said...every chance I get I zip on here and read until I can't see straight, and it's great to find all the positives, like your reaching this milestone! Congrats to you!


Gluten-free since 10/05 - Positive dietary response with Doctor's validation! - Debilitating migraines, constant dizziness and lightheadedness gone; anxiety & panic attacks, depression, agoraphobia and extreme exhaustion considerably lessoned

Dairy/Casein Intolerant

Soy, Cabbage, Sugar, Peanut, Shellfish, Caffeine, Egg, Potato and Tomato allergies / intolerances

Sporadic reactions to: Poultry

Avoiding all preservatives and additives

Also Multiple Chemical/Environmental Sensitivities

Mitral Valve Prolapse

Pulmonary Embolism - 1999

Dance, when you're broken open.

Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.

Dance in the middle of fighting.

Dance in your blood.

Dance, when you are perfectly free.

RUMI

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