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    Penny

    I wish I had been reading your blog when I was diagnosed… but blogs hadn’t been invented then. Neither had the internet! It was 1976 and I was an aethletic but skinny little 6 year old. But I felt like I’d eaten a bucket of concrete every time I ate anything and no one knew why and most doctors assumed I was being ‘difficult and fussy’.

    It was 36 years ago but I can recall the details with absolute clarity – especially the long list of things I would never be allowed to eat again! (and yet I do eat them sometimes because I just can’t stand the words ‘Strict Lifelong Gluten-Free Diet’ any longer.)

    I’m still not used to the daily annoyance of the gluten-mine-field. I can’t even tell whether I get symptoms or not. I just think this is ‘how I am’.

    Attitudes have changed a lot since the 1970s and awareness in the general population has obviously increased. But there is still very little understanding of the emotional effects of the disease and relationship between a being a celiac (therefore different but not in a cool way) and the resultant social anxiety. I just wanna go out for dinner and drinks with my friends and not have to mention the word gluten.

    I used to worry when I was a kid that if i was kidnapped, my kidnapers wouldn’t have a clue about gluten-free food and so I’d really be suffereing!

    Thank you for expressing our collective frustration in such a funny and entertaining way.

    Dear Kim Kardashian, being GF is not cool. Sometimes it’s boring and annoying and it makes it hard to be spontaneous.

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      The Gluten Dude

      Spontaneity is the one thing I miss more than anything else. I can put up with the restrictions, the limitations, etc.

      But sometimes I just want to grab a bite and not have to think about it or plan ahead.

      Thanks for your positive words about the blog. I should’ve started it 36 years ago!

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        Penny

        RE our woes about spontaneity and my wishing that I’d seen your blog (or anything like it!) when I was a child, teenager, young rebel art student, traveller, and triathlete….. This has given me a thought – I’m going to let my young 15 year old friend know about your blog. Celiac Powers unite!

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          The Gluten Dude

          Thanks Penny…

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    Amanda

    Love ur blog I always learn something new and interesting thanks to you guys. It really helps me to understand what im going through and knowing others go through it too. Thanks!!:-D

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      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks Amanda. Glad I can help is some way, shape or form.

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    Lisa

    Great blog. I have a coeliac teen and your stuff is perfect for her, a balance of info and fun. Plus she loves anyone who will take a shot at a Kardashian :) Way to make being a coeliac cool. Thank you!

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      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks Lisa!!

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    Britteney

    Thank you so much for your blog. I was diagnosed two years ago, but it took me a year to finally go absolutely no cheats. I get so angry or drastically sad whenever I’ve been gluten-ed. >..<

    Anyway I just wanted to say thank you for your blog it helps keep me from feeling oh so on my absolute own!

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    Britteney

    Thank you so much for your blog. I was diagnosed two years ago, but it took me a year to finally go absolutely no cheats. I get so angry or drastically sad whenever I’ve been gluten-ed. >.< mostly I remember how as a teenager my emotions were out of control more than others. I scared my parents, ate more bread, got worse. Now I see the cycle and know I'm not a crazy horrible person. In fact this is the most clear headed I've been since I was diagnosed, however, I have just been diagnosed with Plantars Fascia and Tarsal Tunnel at the age of 22. I believe the nerve damage is directly linked to celiac, but la! no doctor will listen to me ^.^

    Anyway I just wanted to say thank you for your blog it helps keep me from feeling oh so on my absolute own!

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      Penny

      Hi Britteney,
      Sorry to hear you’ve got plantar fascitis and tarsal tunnel syndrome (as well as celiac!). There are several treatment options that hopefully will give you relief and get you back on your feet. Surgery should be a last resort but I’m sure you’ve probably discussed all that with your podiatrist and/or physio or an ortho surgeon? Don’t worry too much about whether or not celiac disease has been the cause of the nerve damage because regardless, you’ll still need to treat the symtoms anyway. Could there be other causes? (I’ve done my own research on this as I’m a triathlete and am pretty familiar with the dreaded running injuries!)
      Good on you for sticking to the GF diet. I’m now 42 and I wasn’t very disciplined at 22! If you happen to visit (or live in?) Australia, I just discovered that beautiful Byron Bay (10hrs drive north of Sydney) is gluten-free heaven! They’re really into ‘organic, GF, wholefoods’ etc. Even GF beer is available!

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      The Gluten Dude

      You’re not a horrible person Britteney. As for the crazy part, well :)

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    Rachel @ Rediscovering the Kitchen

    So glad to hear someone else talk about this! I get crazy mad on chocolate, but gluten really messes me up too – it makes me depressed and snap at everybody, really negative.

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      The Gluten Dude

      I’m still amazed at the power of food and the affect it can have on our total being.

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    MaraKate

    The same symptoms of fatigue and anger happen to me, I just had a blood test and am still waiting for the results but the more I research the more I am convinced. Had started marathon training 3 years back, was strong but realized something had to be wrong with my diet because I was slowing down and couldn’t finish runs. Now I realize that the runners diet of whole wheat pasta and bagels was actually hurting not helping my running. I’m still not up for marathons but my shorter runs are doing better.

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      The Gluten Dude

      Good luck with the results Mara. Keep us posted.

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    Shane

    Was reading through here to find some “sanity” I guess. Finding this page was like walking into a house full of old friends and family for me. Just 6 months ago I was given the prognosis of Celiacs disease. GF for 6 months, now that all of my skin wounds have healed up… I couldn’t help but wonder why I feel like…. like…everyone else here. I’m 44 years old…and it seems like my emotions ran me before…and it seems they run me even more now. Even to hold a job down seems sacrificial at times. Honestly… I wouldn’t hire me… I hope this web site is still up and being managed. I guess I’ll know soon…
    Peace…and much of it…

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      Gluten Dude

      We’re still here Shane. Welcome to the family ;-)

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        Matt

        I wanted to thank you for what you have created here. I hope you still feel that sense of satisfaction in knowing your efforts have helped so many. Shane’s above comment about “walking into a house of old friends” struck a chord with me. This condition transforms us on so many levels. After 3 months I continue to shed casual friendships as I’ve lost so many of old ways of connecting with people. I come here for that sense of belonging that I took for granted in the world for so long. Thanks Dude and thanks to everybody sharing their stories.

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          Gluten Dude

          Nice to hear…much appreciated.

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    Patricia

    All of the symptoms here describes the way I’m feeling on a daily basis. I was told I’m allergic to wheat,rhy, barley an oats. I have muscle weakness also even thought job requires me to walk at least 3 miles a day.

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    Sonya Perks

    Oh my goodness! This has been me for 4 days after being glutened :(
    I am being so negative and horrible and lethargic. And my joints all hurt. I feel so sad and alone. You posts help to know I am not alone x

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    Sonrks

    Oh my goodness! This has been me for 4 days after being glutened :(
    I am being so negative and horrible and lethargic. And my joints all hurt. I feel so sad and alone. You posts help to know I am not alone x

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