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  1. 1

    Janelle Pugh

    13. If you do go out, you usually get to pick the restaurant! ;)

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    1. 1.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Yep. Sushi. Sushi. Sushi.

      Reply
      1. 1.1.1

        Carrie Mumford

        I would add: There are a ton of GF options these days, and it’s a great excuse to spend a lot of money at your local health food store.

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        1. 1.1.1.1

          The Gluten Dude

          Amen to that. We have an awesome gluten-friendly store right down the street. Quite thankful for them.

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      2. 1.1.2

        Ginger

        Do you bring your own soy sauce? Don’t they season the sushi with soy sauce beforehand?

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        1. 1.1.2.1

          The Gluten Dude

          I always ask if the sushi rice is cooked with soy sauce. 99% of the time, it is not. Then, yes, I used to bring my own soy sauce (La Choy, which is gluten free). But now I’m off soy as well.

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          1. 1.1.2.1.1

            Bethany

            As a newly diagnosed celiac I am thankful for the fact that I can eat as much steak as my little heart desires. As a Nebraska girl this is a very important thing to me. That’s all I got, I’m still in the some what shock stage.

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    2. 1.2

      Stacey

      Love this one!

      Reply
  2. 2

    calgarywalker

    13. I’m thankful for being reminded that life is about doing things. Alone or with others. Food is one thing but there’s so many more and now that I don’t feel like complete junk I’m present in a life that non-celiacs take for granted.

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    1. 2.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Very well said. When you come out of the “celiac fog”, it’s like an awakening.

      Reply
    2. 2.2

      Krista M McKinney

      What a great way to put it! It truly is like an awakening. I remember feeling like I was on something, then realizing I was on LIFE. High on life for the first time ever. It’s a great feeling!

      Reply
  3. 3

    Diana Strinati Baur

    You get to try entire groups of food you never would have entertained before and by using spices and herbs, can open a whole new world of flavors and textures. I never would have tried black eyed peas with ginger, chile and cilantro had I not stopped gluten. Things like that.

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    1. 3.1

      The Gluten Dude

      This is where I need to expand my horizons a bit. Mrs. Dude is very good at creativity in the kitchen. Me? Not so much.

      Reply
  4. 4

    Jules

    The people I have met through and because of my diagnosis with celiac disease have changed my life. Having celiac disease has also afforded me the opportunity to help others, which is a true gift!
    ~jules

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    1. 4.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Amen to that Jules!

      Reply
  5. 5

    Carolyn Patrick

    I’m thankful for my family and friends who always makes food GF for me when I go to their homes for meals.

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    1. 5.1

      The Gluten Dude

      If you’re lucky enough to have a support system like that, it is indeed something to be thankful for! Not everyone has it.

      Reply
  6. 6

    GF Vegan Mom

    The day I grudgingly (bc I was in mourning) went gluten-free was the day my vegan diet became a high-raw vegan diet that’s jam packed with yummy green juices and green smoothies of which my doctor attributes to reversing my severe osteopenia at a record speed with diet alone.
    Celiac disease has been a blessing for me and my family (all four of us were diagnosed in the same year)!
    ~Priscilla

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    1. 6.1

      Laurena

      Hello,

      I am celiac too and I am having a hard time with osteoporosis. I would love to hear more about your diet and how it helps you. I would really appreciate hearing from you.

      thank you…
      Laurie

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      1. 6.1.1

        Helen

        My Osteopenia also reverted after going gluten free! And all I did was remove gluten! I’ve always had lots of vegetables, so that continued the same. The key to osteoporosis is gluten, not the other things you eat. (unless you have a very poor diet)

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      2. 6.1.2

        Stacey

        I am a vegetarian and now diagnosed with Celiac. I was a hardcore “carboholic” prior to being diagnosed with Celiac, hence the tremendous amount of damage done to my intestines prior to being diagnosed. Never even a good vegetarian. I hadn’t been able to eat for almost 6 months prior to being diagnosed so the switch over to a GF diet was not hard at all…it was a joy because I could actually eat..something….

        Now, 6 months later, I am finding it difficult to find things I can “enjoy”… I guess it is time to start learning to bake using GF flours and recipes. This should perk up the diet a bit! Thank god for several pizza restaurants out here that offer decent GF pizza.

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        1. 6.1.2.1

          The Gluten Dude

          My honest suggestion is to stop trying to find gluten free replacement foods of things you used to eat. Much of it is processed crap.

          That being said, there are tons of great gluten-free recipe sites out there and you should be able to find some great healthy meals.

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    2. 6.2

      The Gluten Dude

      All four of you? Wow. Luckily, my wife and kids have been spared.

      By the way, just read your latest blog post. 400 symptoms. Unreal how many things Celiac can affect.

      Reply
  7. 7

    Tracy

    My diagnosis, though a shock at the time, made the rest of my family get tested. My Mum and my daughter were also diagnosed because of this and will now live healthier lives! My daughter grew three inches in her first year gluten free – she loves not being the small kid anymore!

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    1. 7.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Three inches? That’s amazing Tracy.

      Reply
  8. 8

    ZC

    Maybe it’s not that I’m thankful to HAVE celiac disease, it’s that I’m thankful to KNOW I have celiac disease. I feel so much happier, so much clearer, so much better. And I can see how great life really is without gluten, and that it’s not something to miss or agonize about – it’s really worth it…everyone always tells me “I don’t know how I’d live without gluten!” and I always think “Thank god I can live without gluten.”

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    1. 8.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Very well said ZC!! I don’t think I would go back to a gluten life even if I could.

      Reply
  9. 9

    Kristy

    Im thankful for being more aware of the food I eat. Even if my celiacs magically dissappeared I still wouldn’t eat corn or gluten grains, and would continue to eat organic non GMO foods.

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    1. 9.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Same here Kristy. Can’t imagine ever going back…even if I could.

      Reply
  10. 10

    sandy

    My daughter too, has GF food when I’m there so as not to worry about cross contamination. I really appreciate her doing this for me. It also is good for them once in awhile too:) 14

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    1. 10.1

      The Gluten Dude

      That is very sweet. My kids still live on bagels. I try to get them to have just one gluten free day. They don’t make it past breakfast.

      Reply
  11. 11

    alice

    I love gf food

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  12. 12

    Laura

    Emotional stability. I have been on an emotional roller coaster since my late teens. 48 hours after going gluten free I discoverd what normal people feel like all of the time. I can now make rational decisions and get upset without losing all control. I have met some of the nicest, kindest, most caring people from all over the world because of my Celiac disease. I wouldn’t change it for the world. And, btw, the stuffing I made this year was actually the best I’ve ever had so if people didn’t want to share, it was truly their loss! :-)

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    1. 12.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Absolutely Laura. I touched on the emotional side effect of gluten in this post. It’s nice not to lose it for no reason anymore. Well…hardly anymore :)

      Reply
  13. 13

    Wendy

    I’m thankful for my daughter’s dx because it led to my own dx. She had symptoms for years, but the labs kept coming back negative. Finally, at age 5, her labs her positive and an endoscopy confirmed celiac. I had ZERO symptoms, but was tested with the rest of our family because of the genetic possibility. My biopsy showed “near 100% villi atrophy”. I would never have known there was a problem!

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    1. 13.1

      The Gluten Dude

      That’s interesting Wendy. Did you have any symptoms at all?

      Reply
  14. 14

    Helemarie Reavis

    I”m so thankful to be gluten free now for 5 yrs. I’m so much healthy now, since my Dr. said it was Celiac. I’m no longer in pain, and always being sick. And believe it or not, I’ love my food, gluten free pizza, ceral, cookies, pies. Hey I’m so happy now that I’m not sick all the time. And my husband and kids, even the grandkids help me to stay with my diet.

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    1. 14.1

      The Gluten Dude

      That’s the spirit!!

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  15. 15

    Megan

    13. My diagnosis made me a better cook and baker. I had to learn to cook for myself, and now my family enjoys loads of GF dishes. Also this Thanksgiving my cranberry/white chocolate chip cookies were a hit. No one knew they were GF until I ate one!

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    1. 15.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Love your “Giving Thanks, the AbsoluteMommy way” post!

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    2. 15.2

      Irene

      Do u by any chance have a good bread recipe? I need a lite one. Any suggestions. Thanks in advance. Irene

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      1. 15.2.1

        The Gluten Dude

        Hi Irene. See the recipe from Chef Kate Purdy in the comments section on this page: http://glutendude.com/gluten/gluten-free-cooking/

        It was unbelievable.

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  16. 16

    Ardyth

    Dealing with celiac has taught me to have a better relationship with all food. Finally.

    Reply
    1. 16.1

      The Gluten Dude

      That’s a great way of putting in…”a relationship with food”. May be a love/hate one at times :)

      Reply
  17. 17

    Gluten Free Vegan

    Being gluten free and vegan has given me WILLPOWER! Food no longer controls me, I am in complete control of my food, and my health. I must add, I have never felt or looked better!

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    1. 17.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Same here. Makes you feel like there is nothing you can’t accomplish.

      Reply
  18. 18

    Helen

    CD diagnosis have probably ensured a healthier old age and longer years to live, decreasing the risk of associate illnesses.

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  19. 19

    The Blender Girl

    Thanks for sharing this list.
    Being gluten free has introduced me to more nutritionally dense flours and grains, and has made me more adventurous in the kitchen, and more compassionate to other people’s needs and journeys.

    Reply
    1. 19.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Well said Blender Girl. Your blog is awesome by the way. Every informative and engaging. Did you really pour food over yourself to get those pictures?

      Reply
  20. 20

    JC

    No one gives me fruitcake anymore! What a relief.

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  21. 21

    Becky

    With a doctors note, your gluten free food is tax deductible. Save your receipts.

    Reply
    1. 21.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Is it that simple, or do you need to show comparison prices to the same food item “with” gluten?

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      1. 21.1.1

        Jason

        Only the difference in price between the gluten containing item and the gluten free item is tax deductable – and only the portion of your medical expenses that excede 7.5% of your income. (goes up to 10% in Jan 2013). I’ve seen a couple of articles by this CPA that explains it in more detail: http://zinnerco.com/community/2011/01/18/the-celiac-tax-deduction-what’s-new/trackback/

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        1. 21.1.1.1

          The Gluten Dude

          Seems like a whole lotta work for very little payoff…

          Reply
  22. 22

    callmecathy

    For the first time in my life since diagnosis I’ve taken up regular exercise – motivated by putting on weight for first time ever (boo!), and by being finally well enough to do sport. Interesting to sort of ‘get’ what everyone else was going on about all those years about having to ‘work off’ that extra cake in the gym etc, and discovered the endorphin rush from going for a run :-) that has definitely enriched my life.

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    1. 22.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Love the endorphin rush…

      Reply
  23. 23

    Sassy Celiactivist

    I was very ill the year before my diagnosis, and it prompted me to cut my hair short, because I simply didn’t have the energy to deal with my long hair. I love it, and others do, too, so I am, in a way, thankful to Celiac Disease for that LOL Also, for the wonderful people I’ve met because of it. Some of the other reasons I am still waiting for, but I know I will get there!

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    1. 23.1

      The Gluten Dude

      You will indeed get there Sassy. One step forward and two steps back. That’s celiac!

      Reply
  24. 24

    genie

    13. I’m glad I do not feel like absolute s* anymore. I feel like going outside again. I can pay closer attention to my loved ones.

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    1. 24.1

      The Gluten Dude

      That is indeed a good thing Genie!

      Reply
  25. 25

    Wendy

    I’m thankful for Avocados and now Coconut Aminos. And thankful for getting my family eating healthier as well as having met “in cyber world” a bunch of great gluten free people.

    Have you tried Coconut Aminos instead of soy? I also just cut out soy. Just curious as to how others decide to go. What made you decide to?

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    1. 25.1

      The Gluten Dude

      I want soy and dairy free years after my diagnosis when my body just refused to feel better. But no have never heard of the Coconut Aminos. Will keep my eyes peeled.

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  26. 26

    rob rotondo

    it gets me out of going to places i dont want to go

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    1. 26.1

      The Gluten Dude

      I like that Rob!!

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  27. 27

    IM

    It helped me think about what I eat, where I eat at and how I can take an active role in my health. My mother is also GF but my Dad isn’t. I think he’d try and deny the seriousness of it if he had half a chance but I’m pretty sure he realises the importance of it. He drinks lots of beer. At least being GF gives me a good excuse to say “No”.

    It also helped me become more hygienic. A friend once said to me that he finds home made bread one of the least hygienic foods due to hand-kneading and how the sticky ‘glutenous’ dough picks up the ‘dirt and germ’ from the pores of our skins. ;)

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    1. 27.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Your Dad sounds a bit like my dad was…

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  28. 28

    ang

    Now we have no choice but to treat our body as our temple as the bible teaches us…so good for us and influencial to those around us…everytime we buy truely healthy food we are casting a vote to support sustainable farming…helping the environment and not supporting those companies who fill their products with dead food chemicals and preservatives…not to mention GMOs…
    slowly but effectively killing people…what a true honor to be nominated to join this growing army of monetary voters

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  29. 29

    amy

    #13
    I’m in control of my own ‘destiny’ as it were.

    I am in charge of how good I feel, and I like to feel good, (not sick.

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  30. 30

    Susie

    Pavlova. You can eat as much of it as you like. Mmmmmmmmmmmm

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  31. 31

    jeanne

    #13…finally a reason for 100 really odd problems that neve made sense and were destroying the “real person” inside and out! And all fixable by changing your diet – wow!

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  32. 32

    Deb

    Hi,

    Just found your blog. I’m lovin’ it so I’m reading through some of your older posts and am surprised at the sushi references. As far as I’ve heard, sushi rice is made with a vinegar that usually has gluten in it. I’ve been avoiding it and ordering sashimi with a bowl of plain rice. I’m hoping you’ll tell me I’m wrong, this is just a myth, cause I’d love to eat sushi rolls again. You got anything on this?

    Thanks!

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    1. 32.1

      The Gluten Dude

      There are the occasional places that make their sushi rice with soy sauce and those you need to stay away from. But as far as I know, and from my experience, the vinegar in sushi rice is totally fine.

      Don’t be takin’ my sushi away :)

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  33. 33

    Amanda

    I have this mentality all the time, since day 1. To have a disease where all you have to do is change your diet is an amazing blessing. I have other issues that I have to constantly take medication for, or visit the doctor for …. you don’t even NEED health insurance to treat Celiac Disease (though of course having health insurances makes getting diagnosed easier).

    No medication, no drugs, no regular doctor visits, no co-pays, no surgery …. I think we lucked out!

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  34. 34

    Claudia

    I am thankful that now I KNOW why every time I ate bread, pie, cake, etc. my guts were in knots. There is something to that quack Atkins and the paleo type diets we all read about. I feel justified!

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  35. 35

    Somaya Nichole

    I just found out yesterday that I have celiac disease. I have got to say I don’t see much of a reason to be grateful. I am a 26 year old girl who really LOVES food. I have always been able to eat what I want when I want it…. Until recently that is. It is nice knowing why i have been so sick. Being deployed to Afghanistan did cut down my options but it has also cut down options of foods that are gluten free. Coming from a girl who has never been on a diet I am very confused and don’t even know where to begin. I am grateful that I found this site. It is pretty helpful.

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    1. 35.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Hang in there Somaya. It gets easier I promise.

      I did a five part series on How to Go Gluten Free. It may help:
      http://glutendude.com/gluten/how-to-go-gluten-free-mental/

      Thanks for all you do!

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      1. 35.1.1

        Somaya Nichole

        Thank you so much! I really appreciate your help. I have found myself getting pretty creative with what I eat and I have a great support system here. A couple of my friends decided to go gluten free with me to be supportive. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be although at times I do get bitter over not being able to eat some of the stuff I so desperately want. I am starting to feel a little bit better though. I still feel sick but its slowly going away.

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  36. 36

    Diane Humphrey

    I’m thankful for the kindness of strangers. My 20-yr-old daughter went to a Thanksgiving dinner at a new church last week. (She had only been to their events on campus.) She expected to be able to eat only turkey and potatoes, but that was ok, bc she’s used to adapting. Turns out, one of the church members (who wasn’t even at the dinner) had made her GF bread and cake (which was so good I’ve requested the recipe). This sweet lady has never even met our daughter, but cared enough to do this extra for her after hearing that she was coming. (She didn’t even remember mentioning being gluten-free to the campus people) Turns out her grand-daughter is gluten intolerant, so she is familiar with gf stuff. In the 17+ years our daughter has been gluten free, few family members have cared enough to attempt this. (Even though most of them should be on the GF diet themselves!)

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    1. 36.1

      The Gluten Dude

      That is wonderful Diane…

      Reply
  37. 37

    stella

    Just wanted to say this, in case you didn’t know, and I just found out last year – after a life time of eating sushi. The wasabi, or “wasabi” outside Japan is generally not real wasabi, but instead coloured horseradish which contains wheat. The joy of having this explained to me after years and years of stomach ache and “but I’ve only eaten sushi, this can’t be right..” Now I make my own sushi at home. Great blog! Lots of gluten free hugs from sweden!

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    1. 37.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Egads!!! I have not had any reaction to wasabi at the few sushi places I’ve been to. But I will indeed reconfirm. Thanks.

      Reply
  38. 38

    Brianna

    I’m currently waiting on the results of my Celiac panel…and I’m terrified. O.O

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    1. 38.1

      The Gluten Dude

      I understand the fear…keep us posted on the diagnosis.

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      1. 38.1.1

        Brianna Leigh

        They took my blood on the 27th, and I’m still waiting for the results. Maybe they lost it… :3

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  39. 39

    Michele Ramunni

    Hi, had a blood test taken recently and came back positive for cilicac disease. I was first diagnosed 15-20 yrs ago. At that time had extremely bad runs & gas. After 1st diagnosis it suddenly stopped and never had the runs or gas since. I have been eating loads and loads of gluten over all these years. Now since the past year I get itchy at times usually in evening and mostly on my head. Not really bad–just more annoying. Do you think ciliac disease is causing my being itchy? Still no gas or runs now either. I tried looking it up and can’t find out if being itchy is one of ciliac symptoms. What do you think, have you ever heard of being itchy as a symptom?…….Thanks!

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    1. 39.1

      Brianna Leigh

      My dad was recently diagnosed with Celiac and he didn’t have any obvious symptoms whatsoever. They actually found it while looking for something else. He had a mysterious rash on his hands and feet for years and went to different kinds of doctors and tried different medications and nothing got rid of it. His doctor said it’s probably because of the Celiac and if he sticks with the diet, it should clear up eventually.
      I just looked up “eczema” on Wikipedia and it says that there is a link between the two. Interesting…

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      1. 39.1.1

        Alicia

        you need to look up dermituts hepetiformus – this may be it

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  40. 40

    ravengirl

    i like being a coeliac because it makes me different, it makes me special. Normal is boring

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  41. 41

    Maggie

    Celiac just means I get to eat more curry

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  43. 43

    Canadian Celiac Mom

    My reasons to be grateful that all I have is Celiac Disease.
    1. It taught me what to look for in my children so my son’s was caught at 9 years old.
    2. I have the energy to be a mom.
    3. It’s not cancer. I really thought it was lymphoma with my symptoms.
    4. I’m not waking up with excruciating painful leg cramps anymore.
    5. Instant excuse when I don’t want to go to somewhere.
    6. I never liked beer.

    Even though I would happily be celiac free, I am not facing drug regimes, daily shots or non stop doctor visits. So, I will maneuver the restaurant mine field, read every label and search endlessly for that elusive good GF bread. I will be the Mommy my kids deserve and I will teach my son that cheating is not an option.
    Celiac sucks. It is a life sentence but it’s not the end of your life sentence.

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