Monday, October 27, 2008

gluten free for life.

So, I'm not much of a "blogger", but I'm going to attempt it.

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease on June 12 of this year. At the time I was just so grateful to have finally been diagnosed with something after being sick for months, that I didn't really think of how it would change my life. Celiac is an autoimmune disease that basically destroys my small intestine when I eat gluten. My body sees gluten as an enemy and when I eat it, I get very sick and uncomfortable for a couple weeks, or until it gets out of my system (You can google it for a more in depth description). I honestly didn't think it would be a big deal... so what, I can't eat wheat, barley or rye, easy, right? Nooo. I have to read labels on EVERYTHING I eat and apparently wheat can be secretly disguised under many different names. I can't trust restaurants, oh because did I mention cross-contamination? Yeah, I'm THAT sensitive. I got really sick at the beach just because I ate french fries that had been fried in oil that had been contaminated by other breaded foods. Oh! The best part is when I get sick, I have to back track and figure out what exactly made me sick, so hopefully it doesn't happen again. It's incredibly frustrating.

Some people think that it's "all in your head", trust me, it's not. It's not something to be taken lightly either. It's very serious... and lame.

I believe that everything happens for a reason and someday I hope that I can figure out just exactly what the reason for this is...

Okay. Enough bitching, I mean venting, for now...
I had a good day=) I met up with an old friend, which was much needed... I missed her! Later I went to school and turned in a five page paper I had been working on all week. I love completing/turning in an assignment... So much weight lifted off my shoulders! Anyway...bye bye.