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About tmbarke

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    I love to garden and grow my own flowers.
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    I do crafts and am creative
    Love animals of all kinds too
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    Grand Rapids, Mi

About Me

I'm 44 yrs old and just found out I have a Gluten Intolerance.

I've never known about this kind of allergy until a week ago when my doctor put me on a gluten free diet after discussing symptoms I was having since the beginning of this year.

My jaw dropped!

After all these yrs and I just now develop symptoms? And now you're telling me I have to change everything about the way I eat? About the way I shop?

I struggle with this as I'm sure everyone else does. I'm more angry with the staff at the one health food store I went to 2 days after finding out - I was already feeling like I moved to a new school and they treated me like a freak.

The next time I went shopping at a local grocery store, I found that the gluten-free shelves were practically empty and multiple stock in places where other items should be. So my shopping trip took me 3-1/2 hrs reading labels thru the regular aisles.

Needless to say I came home and took out my frustrations on my brother....like a crazy woman!

It was then I decided I needed a support group so I joined this forum.

I can't do this alone and I AM alone in this. No one understands. They say to me, "Well, guess it's fruits and veggies for you!" and I get this steam engine buiding up inside that tells me to 'slap 'em!' lol

That's me on the right - my sister on the left after a stroke that almost put her in a nursing home 5 mos prior! She's amazing! If she can overcome a stroke, I can overcome this!

I'm here to learn because I take this seriously! I'm the one that experiences symptoms I can't explain away....till now.

Knowledge is power.....so empower me!

  1. It's almost tax time! I won't pay!

  2. My sleep pattern goes thru spurts. Meaning I can go to bed, sleep about 4 hrs and then I'm up.......the longer I'm up, the more apt I am to have coffee. If I try to go back to sleep, I just lay there with my eyes closed and mind wide awake. I've never had the coffee issue before going gluten-free...
  3. Hey -- welcome aboard!! It can get very lonely living with this, but I love going on this forum. I can promise you that you will something new everytime you browse through here. It gets easier, I promise. Take care.