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About KerstinH

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  1. Arpita, thanks you for your kind words. And thank you for those numbers, that IS a scary comparison I never saw like that before! Kerstin
  2. Hi everyone, thanks for the welcome. I will try (once again) to go gluten-free and see if I notice a difference. It just seems like such a monumental task to do it...I think I'll start by cutting out the obvious stuff and then I worry about things like condiments etc. later. I do have a Whole Foods nearby, which I'll hit over the weekend. I guess I'll also put in another order at Kinnikinnick, I like their English muffins. For obvious reaons I have not been in the market for a while and will have to start researching what's new out there. Does anyone know a Ritz substitute? Thanks again for the support, Kerstin (PS: I live in the northwestern part of Atlanta, near Marietta)
  3. Hi everyone, I'm new here but by no means new to Celiac D. I was diagnosed about 33 years ago - when I was barely two years old. My parents back then (in Germany btw) kept me gluten-free as much as they could - which was VERY hard back then. I recovered very quick and haven't been sick ever since. During my teenage years I started cheating and had no problems. The cheating got worse and worse until I've started eating "normal" food with the occassional gluten-free "treat". I've struggled for such a long time now. I just cannot convince myself to do what's right. I almost wish I had severe reactions like some of you because that would surely motivate me to go gluten-free. But I am feeling just fine!!! So why go through with this extremely restricting diet? BTW, I was diagnosed with 2 positive biopsies, so there's no doubt I have celiac disease. What just caught my attention though is the anger issues supposedly related to celiac disease. I have been having temper issues for the past 2 years or so, which I always assumed are just normal for a SAHM with 2 active boys ages 4 and 7 and no family support (aside from a hardworking husband I mean my family is in Germany and I'm here in Hotlanta...). Over the past few months though I have gotten to the point where I hate the kind of Mom I am, always on the edge and always bickering. Could it be that this is my only celiac disease symptom? If so, how long do I have to make an honest effort to be gluten-free until I notice a difference? I just cannot stand myself lately and if being gluten-free makes a difference, that might be just what I need to stay gluten-free...Then of course there's the other side of me which says it's just nuts to make celiac disease responsible for every ache and pain one has...Oh, my nose is runny - must have inhaled some gluten somewhere...Do you know what I mean? I've had this disease for 33 years and am still not at peace with it - I HATE it and I am very sarcastic about it. Can someone out there help me get motivated and shed some more light on the anger issue? Thanks, Kerstin