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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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Thanks! I never noticed the "follow this topic" button.

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I am new to the gluten free eating and would love a forum/chat room.  Especially getting up to date information.  Thank you.

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I am interested in this as well. Diagnosed in July 2013, still adjusting.

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The group is growing nicely!! :)

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Newly diagnosed Celiac.  Depending on times, I would consider participating.

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I would definitely be interested in this, but I just do not know how much time I will have to do a regular follow-up or participation.  I do use this website to check to see what products are gluten free...(I do have Celiac Disease).... and have found it VERY helpful.  If you want to contact me, reply and I will check a little later.  Thanks, Marlene

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I absolutely would be interested in joining an online support group.  I know my sister would be, too. 

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Can anyone help Personal Message all members to make sure that they are set up to  "Follow This Topic" at top right? Whoever does this should probably include a link to it:

http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/105252-post-here-to-join-celiaccoms-online-support-group-with-live-chat-meetings-free/

 

My hope is to plan a first live chat meeting sometime next month.

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I've been thinking about starting a "Celiac.com Online Support Group" which would hold regular online meetings here in our "Live Chat" area? I am hoping there are others out there who might be interested. Please let me know if you are:

  1. Interested in joining such a group;
  2. Interested in helping to lead or otherwise help out with such a group;

To join just create a forum account, then make a post in this topic, then click "Follow This Topic" at top right.

 

Our goal is:

  • To help our members adjust and deal with being gluten-free;
  • To help our members adjust and deal with the effects of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity;
  • To provide a friendly and convenient way for our members to meet and exchange information online, including regular live chat support group meetings.

 

I will join, if I am needed, and available for the meeting times.

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Happy to help out and moderate/answer questions if you wish, especially from a Canadian aspect, which is where I live!  Diagnosed in 1983, and I have followed this website since its inception, I currently moderate several Facebook pages and have run a Chapter of a Celiac Association, along with putting on lots of seminars and events through the years.  I have also travelled extensively mostly with work however some on vacation, through Canada, Europe, USA, Central America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

 

I have several auto immune related medical conditions (along with unrelated medical conditions now), Celiac being diagnosed 5 years after Graves Disease - although they did not know about the auto immune connection back in the 70's and 80's as Celiac was still listed as a rare disease.

 

The best learning experience I had within the last year was attending the bi-annual Symposium for Celiac Disease in Chicago this past September, where all the top Celiac doctors and researchers met and discussed the current and future for Celiac Disease and Non Celiac Gluten Intolerance around the world based on current research taking place.  It truly was an eye opening experience, especially to hear how a group of these experts are helping get people diagnosed in Third World countries, such as parts of Africa, where their primarily meal is also couscous (which is wheat based) and how to cope with their new diet.  I never thought I had it bad 30 years ago when I was diagnosed as I was so happy to get better and just eat really plain food, however when you have little money and only one affordable type of food that is a big issue.  No longer is celiac disease a Northern European descent disease - it truly is affecting people around the world. 

 

I look forward to chatting with all of you!

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Can anyone help Personal Message all members to make sure that they are set up to  "Follow This Topic" at top right? Whoever does this should probably include a link to it:

http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/105252-post-here-to-join-celiaccoms-online-support-group-with-live-chat-meetings-free/

 

My hope is to plan a first live chat meeting sometime next month.

Would be great to help out however I seem to have some posting restrictions on my account despite it being 3 years old now.  I guess I did not post enough in the past... :)  If you can deal with that then I can PM people if you wish.

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Would be great to help out however I seem to have some posting restrictions on my account despite it being 3 years old now.  I guess I did not post enough in the past... :)  If you can deal with that then I can PM people if you wish.

 

Hi gfyvr, and Welcome.

 

Your restriction involves the number of posts and not by how long you are a member.  Perhaps you would like to post more about your journey and introduce yourself to others in the Forum.  That should help you get closer to getting your restriction lifted and would be great for other members to get to know you.  

 

Colleen

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Just joined this forum. I have been using this website to help with the myriad of questions that have arisen since I went gluten free (the last 6 months.) I had a food sensitivity panel done back in May of 2013 which showed I was sensitive to a number of things, including wheat, gluten, rye, barley, dairy, eggs, soy, etc. I was surprised at all except the dairy. I figured that one out myself. It took me a couple of months to eliminate gluten. Like a lot of folks, I was in denial because I was a gluten addict. I finally did eliminate the gluten starting in mid July 2013. I had no idea where that would lead. Now, I'm afraid I've been off gluten too long to get tested for Celiac. It's a tortuous thought to consider a gluten challenge just so I can get tested for Celiac. It's bad enough when I am exposed to trace amounts accidentally. Hoping to learn more here. Thanks so much!

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I would love to participate in your online support for celiacs!!  I've lived most of my life with celiac disease, but am reaching out for support now, for the first time. I look forward to visiting your site frequently!!

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I would love to participate if able.

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Poll for members.

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If you haven't done so  already, please respond to our poll in this thread regarding future meeting times for the online support group.

 

Also, please post here the possible topics of our first meeting, which I hope to schedule soon.

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Hi Scott-

 

What time zone is being used for the poll?

 

Thanks!

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I'm game!

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Please answer the poll for your own time zone...

 

Hi Scott-

 

What time zone is being used for the poll?

 

Thanks!

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Please answer the poll for your own time zone...

I'm interested! Eastern standard time here. New to celiacs after birth of my daughter.

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I've been thinking about starting a "Celiac.com Online Support Group" which would hold regular online meetings here in our "Live Chat" area? I am hoping there are others out there who might be interested. Please let me know if you are:

  1. Interested in joining such a group;
  2. Interested in helping to lead or otherwise help out with such a group;

To join just create a forum account, then make a post in this topic, then click "Follow This Topic" at top right.

 

Our goal is:

  • To help our members adjust and deal with being gluten-free;
  • To help our members adjust and deal with the effects of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity;
  • To provide a friendly and convenient way for our members to meet and exchange information online, including regular live chat support group meetings.

 

I would be very interested in joining this group.  I have been diagnosed for two years and have been on a gluten free diet since.

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