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I'm looking for a support group in the Lehigh Valley area to do group dinners with or just chat and get together in general.

I e-mailed the contact person for the Bethlehem group that I found on this website, but she said that she is no longer involved. She told me she would forward my e-mail along to the group's current secretary, but I haven't heard anything back yet.

Any Lehigh Valley Celiacs out there?? :P

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I'm looking for a support group in the Lehigh Valley area to do group dinners with or just chat and get together in general.

I e-mailed the contact person for the Bethlehem group that I found on this website, but she said that she is no longer involved. She told me she would forward my e-mail along to the group's current secretary, but I haven't heard anything back yet.

Any Lehigh Valley Celiacs out there?? :P

I'm looking for a support group in the Lehigh Valley area to do group dinners with or just chat and get together in general.

I e-mailed the contact person for the Bethlehem group that I found on this website, but she said that she is no longer involved. She told me she would forward my e-mail along to the group's current secretary, but I haven't heard anything back yet.

Any Lehigh Valley Celiacs out there?? :P

Did you ever find your support group? How long have you known that you have celiac disease? Are you having a hard time doing the new lifestyle? I have been gluten-free for a couple of years, and it is still hard!!

Let me know if you need any receipes for breads or whatever!!

Tricia, Kutztown, Pa

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I'm looking for a support group in the Lehigh Valley area to do group dinners with or just chat and get together in general.

I e-mailed the contact person for the Bethlehem group that I found on this website, but she said that she is no longer involved. She told me she would forward my e-mail along to the group's current secretary, but I haven't heard anything back yet.

Any Lehigh Valley Celiacs out there?? :P

My husband was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, along with my niece (6 yr old). I do not know of any support groups in the Lehigh Valley, but I can inform you of what I know so far. Wegman’s is a great place to buy gluten-free foods and their list is expanding everyday. You do not have to go to the gluten-free aisle either! Their labeling is changing to include gluten-free foods. You can also go online and print out all of their gluten-free items. NCCC is offering a celiac cooking class on October 16th; $19 for the class & $16 for supplies. There is an awesome bakery in Philly that is 100% gluten-free. It is a little pricey, but very high quality. I have made several baked goods using their flour mixture and the results are incredible! I have tasted a lot of gluten-free foods that I would not even feed to my dogs!! Here is the link to the bakery: http://www.mrritts.com/. They ship and since we are so close, we can order almost anything off of their list.

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Hi,

I live in Allentown and am a celiac. My mother is too and we'd like to form a Lehigh Valley gluten-free group. Let us know!! :)

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Wegmans is the best store possible!!! They aren't changing their labels, they have been doing the gluten free labeling, the G in the orange circle for quite a few years. Hello from Harrisburg!

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Has anyone heard about a group in the valley yet? I am newly gluten free, and really have no support. I live in Lehighton, but am willing to go down into the valley providing gas prices do not increase too much more! :rolleyes:

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Has anyone heard about a group in the valley yet? I am newly gluten free, and really have no support. I live in Lehighton, but am willing to go down into the valley providing gas prices do not increase too much more! :rolleyes:

Hi Starry

I too have been recently diagnosed and while I thought I was going to cope really well, I am finding that I am having a really difficult time with it. I am in the LV...did you get any response?

~Kris

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Hi Everyone

I'm not in your area but I have started a gluten-free group on the other side of the state! We had nothing here & shopping is always at least an hour or more away. It has become a large group & I line everything up each month on my own. I have people who have survived on only five foods for years !!!! I'm so glad I'm able to bring happiness back into their lives...

I can help you in regards to the best of best in gluten-free & help satisify your cravings!!! Feel free to contact me through a private pm...

blessings

mamaw

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Hi Starry

I too have been recently diagnosed and while I thought I was going to cope really well, I am finding that I am having a really difficult time with it. I am in the LV...did you get any response?

~Kris

Hello! Nope, I have not heard much. Right now I am doing a gluten challenge of sorts, so that I can have my biopsy done on June 5th. I cannot wait to feel better again! Eating out with my family is what is hardest for me, as hardly anything is gluten free :angry: However, in case you never heard of it, there is a pizza place in Bethlehem called Manny B's, and they serve gluten free pasta dishes as well as pizza. As soon as my biopsy is done, I am going right back to a gluten-free diet, regardless of the results, and I am going to go to Manny B's for sure. They are located on Freemansburg Ave if you are interested, and they have a web site with their menu www.mannybspizza.com

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Has anyone heard about a group in the valley yet? I am newly gluten free, and really have no support. I live in Lehighton, but am willing to go down into the valley providing gas prices do not increase too much more! :rolleyes:

Hello - I live in Macungie as was just diagnosed with Celiac .

We do have a very good support group in the Lehigh Valley - have you gotten the information on it yet?

Maureen

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Hello! Nope, I have not heard much. Right now I am doing a gluten challenge of sorts, so that I can have my biopsy done on June 5th. I cannot wait to feel better again! Eating out with my family is what is hardest for me, as hardly anything is gluten free :angry: However, in case you never heard of it, there is a pizza place in Bethlehem called Manny B's, and they serve gluten free pasta dishes as well as pizza. As soon as my biopsy is done, I am going right back to a gluten-free diet, regardless of the results, and I am going to go to Manny B's for sure. They are located on Freemansburg Ave if you are interested, and they have a web site with their menu www.mannybspizza.com

HERE IS THE INFORMATION ON THE Lehigh Valley Celiac Support Group meets five times a year at 2166 S. 12th Street in Allentown. Speakers and participants provide information, tips and support, covering everything from restaurants and products to health concerns. They have food you can try and recipes to share. You can even participate in a food co-op, saving you money and allowing you to buy in smaller quantities. For more information, contact Kathleen Heist at 610-767-1622 or Beverly Kistler at 610-776-1178.

Neet meeting is July 7 - I hope this helps - Maureen

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HERE IS THE INFORMATION ON THE Lehigh Valley Celiac Support Group meets five times a year at 2166 S. 12th Street in Allentown. Speakers and participants provide information, tips and support, covering everything from restaurants and products to health concerns. They have food you can try and recipes to share. You can even participate in a food co-op, saving you money and allowing you to buy in smaller quantities. For more information, contact Kathleen Heist at 610-767-1622 or Beverly Kistler at 610-776-1178.

Neet meeting is July 7 - I hope this helps - Maureen

Thanks so much for getting back to me! I will definitely contact someone about it!

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Great -I will be at the July 7 meeting. I hope to see you there. Maureen

Thanks so much for getting back to me! I will definitely contact someone about it!
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Thank you for this information! I was trying to get a hold of someone regarding the meeting just yesterday!

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Thank you for this information! I was trying to get a hold of someone regarding the meeting just yesterday!

Glad I could help - its tough doing it on your own in the beginning!

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Any news on this old topic? I'm new to the area and looking for restaurants and such to enjoy, and would love to connect with other gluten free folks in the area.

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I'm a 42 year old living in Allentown who just got diagnosed last week. This was years after being pricked and pried by every specialist in the LV. I'm relieved to finally have a diagnosis, but yet frustrated! I don't know where to begin, ugh, but I'm happy I found this website (great info, but I'm overwhelmed ....Anyway, I spoke with Kathleen Heist (very nice person) from the LV support group and she told me they are meeting on April 24th and they have a guest speaker (Dr. Harmad). The meeting is at: 2166 S. 12th Street in Allentown at 7:00.  

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