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About SarahBeaver

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  1. Hey, I'm Sarah. I'm 17 and I'm from Seattle, WA. I was diagnosed 3 times. Once in 8th grade, once in 10th grade, and about a month ago. When I was younger, a lot of stuff happened and doctors went on and off if I was really allergic or not. One doctor had a heart attack because the test results were so high, a different doctor read the same report and told me I was fine. To say it's been confusing is an understatement....but anyway, now I have been off of gluten for a month and I feel a lot better. I get REALLY bad shoulder pain, my stomach becomes upset, my asthma gets worse, my skin breaks out in rashes. Anyway, it's nice to know I"m not alone.
  2. Hey I'm Sarah, I'm 17 (18 in a month), and I'm from Seattle. I have been off of gluten for a little more than a month now. Well, at least trying to be off gluten. I recently realized how much hidden gluten there is which leads me to believe that I haven't been completely gluten-free. The first few weeks I was doing pretty well because I hadn't gotten sick of tacos and salads yet. But lately, I have just been having a really hard time. Between not eating real food or not eating anything until 2 in the afternoon because I couldn't find stuff to eat at school that was worth eating (as in the safe food was disgusting and not real food) and I have this immense jealousy whenever I see someone eat wheat - as you all probably know is several times a day. And I really am not that jealous in other areas of my life. In fact, I can only think of a few occasions I have actually been jealous. The hardest thing though isn't all of that though. I am graduating this year, actually in less than 2 months. Which is great! I mean, I'm super excited...but...there are at least five situations where I am dreading the gluten-free situation. Situations I can't avoid and I don't really have time to eat before hand. And then there are events that my friends and I have planned since September which involve food and I just don't know how I will go about them without causing a scene. I mean, really, talking to the waiters and waitresses for five minutes about hidden gluten causes quite the scene (especially when they aren't the sharpest tools in the shed...). I am also dreading what happens with dorm food next year but I will worry about that later because I have a few months. So I guess I am asking is there anyway to make these difficult situations easier? or has anyone else experienced the same jealousy? It's really nice finding this board to know I'm not alone. Thanks! Sarah