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  1. Personal Story

    Hello, everyone! This is the first time I've ever posted anything. The following is an exerpt from my final research paper for an English class. Let me know what you think. Around the beginning of the summer, I started having intense stomach cramps after almost every meal. I have always had lots of food intolerances (bananas, papaya, poppy seeds, eggs, pineapple, spinach, broccoli, you name it), but I was not eating any of those, and I did not know what was making me so sick. Food that I loved and had a ton of previously was suddenly making me curl up in a ball trying to vomit so I would feel better. I finally found out that I had celiac disease. The trauma that caused it to surface was a miscarriage that drained me both physically and emotionally. I was even more depressed finding out that my fertility rate was being affected by a disease with no cure. I fell off the diet once because I somehow convinced myself that I did not really have the disease, and I impulsively shoved three pieces of bread into my mouth. Though they tasted awesome, it did not make up for the intense pain and sickness I felt later. I finally realized that a gluten-free lifestyle was not such a bad thing. The online forums and Hasselbeck
  2. Sorry, I should have specified that I need 1 person's answers to all the questions. It's supposed to be kind of like an interview format. I tried to interview local doctors and have had no luck, plus I tried to get ahold of Elisabeth Hasselbeck via her gluten-free website, and I just got a generic response saying that her schedule didn't allow her time to answer. Any help would be appreciated.
  3. I'm a student in CO, and I'm writing my research paper on celiac disease. Right before the semester started, I started getting sick after almost every meal. I still haven't been diagnosed (I want to wait until August between classes), but with all my research, I'm about 95% sure that I have celiac disease. I was just wondering if someone could answer a few really basic questions that I could use in my paper. 1. How long did it take for you to realize you had the disease? How were you diagnosed? 2. Has living with the disease affected your family much? 3. Is it difficult to cope when you accidentally ingest gluten? Are the symptoms worse after being off gluten for a long while? 4. Are you able to enjoy many of the same restaurants, just different menu choices? 5. Is there anything positive that has resulted from having the disease? I would appreciate any help I can get.