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  1. 1

    Blueberry Girl

    Oh Irish. Stop making me cry in the middle of the cafeteria. Best gf lovestory yet.

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  2. 2

    Mary

    I have tears running down my cheeks now. I have an Anam Cara as well. What a beautiful name and a wonderful story to read first thing in the morning. Have a blessed day!

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  3. 3

    Jennyrose

    Wow… The power of love and perseverance..

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  4. 4

    Melissa @ Gluten Free For Good

    Sniff, sniff. I’m not surprised IrishHeart has a beautiful story behind her clever writing. She has a great attitude. And her Irish man sounds awesome. Great love story. Thanks for sharing.
    Melissa

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  5. 5

    Linda

    A beautiful inspiration this morning. Irish I hope you draw the biggest sweetest heart ever in Florida with your sweetie:-)

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    Gemini

    My, my, Irish…..very nicely told! And people, I have met Irish and her wonderful hubby in person and I can see why she is so enamored of him. Not only for the love and support he has given to her but he really does have beautiful blue eyes! ; )

    I also know what it’s like to have a husband like that because I have one of my own. It takes a really special guy to stand behind a wife who becomes so terribly ill. I, too, would not be where I am today without my husband. But we never did think of drawing our initials in the sand……very clever, Irish! LOL!

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  7. 7

    Jess

    Irish Heart,
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us and for helping me to realize how fortunate I am to have my own “Anam Cara.”
    Thank you also for using your suffering to help so many of us with your advice and optimism both on here, and in other forums, as we journey on our path to healing. You are an inspiration!
    Jess

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  8. 9

    Lima Bean

    Awhhhhhhh!! :)

    ( pronounced awe)

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  9. 10

    Jersey Girl

    “It is easy to be pleasant when life flows by like a song, but the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, and it always comes with years, and the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through the tears.”
    Irish Saying

    XO-
    Jersey Girl

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    1. 10.1

      IrishHeart

      “I believe in the sun when it’s not shining, I believe in love even when I feel it not, I believe in God even when He is silent.”
      Irish Saying

      xx

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  10. 11

    Sherri

    I have been too busy at work and exhausted at home to do much but read these amazing stories and feel the love well up in my soul … thank you all for sharing your stories.

    GD I loved your story yesterday and your lovely wife’s reply … touching.

    And Irish Heart … Tears in my eyes and I simply don’t have the words to tell you …

    All of you sending these stories in … thank you … from the bottom, middle and top of my heart … amazing … simply amazing.

    Hugs

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  11. 12

    Gluten Free Makeup Gal

    OK… I’m crying. I wanna hug you both. *HUGZ* Wow. What a beautiful, beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing your story, IrishHeart.

    I have to ask now… Is your username IrishHeart because your Irishman is your heart?

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    1. 12.1

      IrishHeart

      The Irish Heart name came about when I joined celiac.com.
      When I first met the hubs, we both mentioned we wished to travel to Ireland sometime. He is all Irish, but I am a mixed bag of ethnicity (Armenian, French Canadian, German and 1/8th Irish)

      As I said, we spent our honeymoon in Ireland and it was a magical, romantic, and moving experience. We saw where our grandparents came from and we both felt a connection with the land. It was the most amazing 17 days of my life. We have returned three more times and wish we could retire there. We love Ireland that much.

      Each time, I have been asked for directions in some remote place (apparently, I look like I belong there :) ) I honestly felt sad and cried as we departed Shannon Airport the first time, feeling like I was leaving “home”. I told hubby I felt like I was leaving a piece of my heart there.

      I thought, if there is only 1/8 of me that is Irish, it must be my heart.

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  12. 13

    Heather

    Oh how I love this story! I hope to find someone just as wonderful some day! Love you!!

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    1. 13.1

      IrishHeart

      You will :) xx

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  13. 14

    Molly

    Great quote, great husband, great inspiration! On the one hand, it’s shocking to me that the doctors let you get so sick without figuring this out; on the other hand, I know it took nearly three years for me, too, and for half of that time I’ve worked for a publisher of gluten-free cookbooks and still didn’t think to go get myself tested! (Though apparently three years is still less than the average time to diagnosis according to the U of C: http://www.uchospitals.edu/pdf/uch_007937.pdf.) I guess this is the point of awareness: doctors and patients just need a much higher rate of suspicion of celiac than they have, even now, even with the GF trend.

    Awareness babble aside…happy belated Valentine’s Day to you and your husband. :)

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  14. 15

    thetxlady

    Wow I thought new guy I just met saying “gluten free is a really healthy way to eat I could embrace if it keeps you well” was sweet…you are soOo just in a different league :)

    I also have the courage, strength, wisdom symbol I wear daily. Have held its meaning close for so many things, but till now I didn’t realize how daily those concepts keep me moving even when I may not feel like it. That taking the cake, bread, cracker isn’t taking who I am & what my mission in this life is.

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  15. 16

    Mrs. Dude

    Oh Irishheart, now you and blue eyes have MY heart!!!!
    Pass the tissues!!!! Snifffff.

    I seriously love you! Thank you for sharing and thank you for being you!

    XO

    PS I would comment more often, but the math scares me. ;)

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    1. 16.1

      Lima Bean

      I can’t tell you how many times I glance at the “math” and put the wrong answer! Maybe we could have a secret code to login with.

      Nah! We would just forget it.

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        IrishHeart

        hahahahahaha!

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  16. 17

    GlutenfreeK

    Let me catch my breath!

    I don’t know how to respond in a way that doesn’t take a thing away from the speechless awe your loving words inspire.

    Magical.

    (Mrs. Dude, sometimes I look at the math to see if it’s even feasible for me to comment. For Irish and Big Blue Eyes I would calculate the distance to the moon and back and divide it by pi!)

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  17. 18

    Michelle P.

    What a sweet sweet story! I feel like I’ve gotten to know IrishHeart through her great comments on here all of the time, so it is so fun to be able to read her love story. Thank you IrishHeart for sharing it with us. You’ve got a keeper for sure!

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  18. 19

    Gluten Dude

    Irish…an inspiring story. We’re all better for knowing you.

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    IrishHeart

    Thank you all so much for your sweet comments!

    So the hubs reads this and says “That’s really sweet of you babe, to give me the credit, but you did all the work”. See what I mean?

    I just want to add: I am so grateful to be a part of the online gluten free community. I have made some wonderful friends ( the silver lining to this disease) and I really appreciate all of you contributing members and bloggers who share so much of yourselves. It makes dealing with this so much easier to have others who “get it”.
    xx

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  20. 21

    Camille

    IrishHeart,

    You special special woman! You inspire me everyday. I love that you have a rock to lean on.

    To your husband – in a world full of people who choose to bail instead of sticking through the hard times, you are truly a great man.

    Love, health and happiness to you both – always!

    Camille

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    1. 21.1

      IrishHeart

      Oh Camille, thank you, hon. You inspire me too! :)
      We all inspire each other–that’s the coolest part.

      Unfortunately, I have met several whose spouses bailed on them. Friends and family members, too. (I lost a few people myself. They abandoned ship when I was so ill. Phone stopped ringing because my dinner parties stopped or because I was not available to help them in some way, that sort of thing. It’s very painful, but true… and in time, I’ll get past it)

      The best expression I have heard about celiac is “it’s a built-in jerkometer”. :)

      Your true friends love you no matter what.

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  21. 22

    Celiac Mindwarp

    Hey Buddy
    You and hubs are quite some team there. Beautiful story, beautiful people. No wonder he wasn’t giving up.

    Thanks for all your support

    Mindwarp x

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    1. 22.1

      IrishHeart

      and right back at ya, you sweet girl. :)
      xx

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  22. 23

    SueS

    That was such a beautiful story! Thank you so much for writing it and sharing with us. Sue

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  23. 24

    Steph C

    **Sniff** Thanks so much for sharing your love story IrishHeart.
    You definitely have an Irish gift for words.
    Geesh, I’ve been catching up on my emails tonight & just read four of these love stories in a row. I’m now a sappy, teary-eyed, mess. Thanks for providing these stories Gluten Dude. It gives me hope that I can find an accepting dude of my own someday…
    Just a side note: About two years after my diagnosis – I went to see a psychic named “Mrs. Rita” (it’s a long story – it’s ok to roll your eyes). She took one look at me and said – you are really worried about your health (I was – though I looked healthy) – but you will have one true love in your life and he will be trying to find a cure for you. I was like, “Uh, say what??” Was not expecting that. Anyway, only time will tell. Stranger things have happened…

    Big hugs to all of you – thanks for the heart-warming stories :)

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    1. 24.1

      IrishHeart

      oh Steph …just thinking, but how cool would it be if he was also a chef and he opened a totally dedicated restaurant? sigh…there’s an ideal man. :)

      Always believe in possibilities. After all that’s happened in the last few years (and I have some crazy stories besides this one), I believe anything is possible.

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      1. 24.1.1

        Molly

        Oooh, Steph, maybe he’ll be working with Alvine! Pharma scientists are suuuper sexy. ;)

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  24. 25

    Denise Leitzel

    Thank you all for your Love Stories. I was afraid to read them, worried that the stories would make me feel too sad, since I don’t have one myself (not as relates to Celiac). I gave up on love when illness got the better of me, unfortunately. But I love knowing that there are partners and spouses out there who really know what love and commitment are truly about, especially for those of us who unwittingly bring the uninvited guest of Celiac into the relationship. Keep on keeping on, dear ones! I am so thankful that you have found true love.

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    1. 25.1

      Steph C

      Hi Denise,

      Hang in there, I totally understand. I also gave up on love when the illness got the better of me too. Sigh…It’s hard to feel sexy when your body is covered in DH – so dating got put on the backburner. I was hesitant to read the stories too – but they’ve been so inspiring. There’s hope – your love story can still happen

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  25. 26

    KateJ

    How would we ever survive without our fabulous husbands?

    Mine stuck by me when was diagnosed with (in order) PMS, RA, IBS and finally CD. Treating the CD sorted out all of the others and the only treatment I need at the moment is the GF diet – but we had been together 16 years by the time the doctors discovered the underlying problem.

    My Dad said he would run away at the first sign of trouble. How wrong he was (thank goodness). (He’s wrong about a lot of things – but I don’t feel the need to vent right now.)

    Twenty years together, married for the past twelve. I love him to bits.

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    Ada

    Good god, my heart could just break!!!
    xoxo
    (I remember coming home from somewhere and Rick was starting dinner-shocking unto itself- and ALL THE SPICE JARS were out of the cupboards and on the counter. He was freaking out because some spice he was going to use had wheat starch in it! I had missed one, and so he read the label, saw the problem and immediately started going through the cupboards again. He was freaking out)

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    1. 27.1

      Lima Bean

      I have a “little” love story like this. Maybe a day where we all post our love stories of 100 words or less?

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      1. 27.1.1

        IrishHeart

        C’mon Bean–spill! ;)

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    2. 27.2

      IrishHeart

      Ada! So good to “see” you again!

      I do hope all’s well with you!!xx

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    Hannah

    Wiping away happy tears right now for you!!! I hope your body continues to recover :-)

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    Steph C

    Lol – thx Molly & Irishheart. If a sexy chef or a scientist show-up, I’ll keep you all posted. That would be too cool. We’re supposed to meet in a grocery store (or random shopping center??). Actually, if any decent guy shows up – I’ll keep you posted…

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    IrishHeart

    please do!!! I love to hear when a psychic gets it right.

    They are a misunderstood bunch, perhaps, what with all that vague and general language they seem to use ….. :)

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    Gluten Free Makeup Gal

    Awww… It sounds like it must be. Then your username fits you perfectly.

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  31. 32

    IrishHeart

    whew!

    ’cause IrishPancreas just seemed “clunky”. :)

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    Steph C

    Haha – Irishheart, finding an accurate one is like winning the lottery I’ve met some interesting people with amazing “abilities” over the years – but it’s hard to find someone who is dead-on about future events.

    Even the good ones are still very human (prone to selfishness, pettiness, greed, etc…) Always best to be skeptical. Though, I did work with a medical intuitive for several years (that was helpful). She worked out of a doctor’s office – so that made me feel better.
    I love to joke about this stuff – but I’ve learned the hard way to be careful. It’s a real kick in the ass :)

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  33. 34

    IrishHeart

    I confess… I have never been to a psychic.
    If someone has an actual gift for accurately predicting what is to come, I honestly do not think I would even want to meet her.

    I like the mystery of what is to come, I guess. :)

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    IrishHeartMolly (Sprue Story)

    I don’t really believe in psychics, but I do have to wonder who would win at the “accurate predictions” game if it were a contest between psychics and physicians…Considering the stories you hear in the celiac disease community, it might be a toss-up! :)

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  35. 36

    Wendy PTGF

    I don’t know how I missed this Valentine Celiac Life Story – IH.

    I some how got through, with many tears streaming for you and for all of us that have gone through this struggle. I am so happy you found your soulmate to help you get to where you are today.

    My husband was going with me at the end of my “I don’t know what in the hell is wrong with me” appts. I needed support and someone to hold me back when I was told again it was all in my head.

    Bless your Man and you for so many years of struggling to find the answer.

    And I may just have to schedule a visit to FL next month! Can’t believe I moved before you came!

    Many many hugs – thank you for sharing your story and your heart with us.

    Xoxo Wendy

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    1. 36.1

      IrishHeart

      Thanks, Wendy! I hope you are happy in your new home. Sorry we never got the chance to meet. But who knows what the future may bring?

      There is always that possibility of a “gluten dude and his pals convention” someone mentioned!! :)

      Good health and much happiness to you, dear girl! xx

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      1. 36.1.1

        Gluten Dude

        I’m all for a convention of sorts :)

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        1. 36.1.1.1

          Wendy PTGF

          Yes, hopefully we can get something together soon.

          That would be awesome!

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        Kath

        Convention! Oh, please!

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