About My Diagnosis
Growing up, I suffered from growth hormone deficiency and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. I also had a hard time gaining weight, no matter how much food I ate. I was active in sports, had a high GPA and partook in a healthy social life. However, my stomach started having issues and I started to slowly decline. I was in so much pain. I was miserable. I then started to become mentally drained, ending up at a psychologist’s office and diagnosed with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
In 2009, we decided to see a gastroenterologist to figure out if I could at least fix my chronic stomach pains and constant nausea. We did some blood work and an upper endoscopy only to find out that I have CELIAC DISEASE.
The Next Steps
After immediately starting the gluten free diet, I noticed that my mind fog kind of disappeared and I still had, and still have, issues with my stomach. I noticed myself in denial over the past several years. I was hiding the fact that I have a chronic disease that I will live with and tend to for the rest of my life. I was shameful and tried acting like it wasn’t there. If you don’t talk about it, it doesn’t exist, right?!
WRONG. I started feeling alone. Is this all in my head? Am I seriously the only one going through this embarrassing, high maintenance lifestyle? There is no way. I started to reach out only to find out that other Celiacs were dealing with almost the same issues that I was dealing with, if not more! They, too, felt alone in their daily struggles and that was not okay with me.
Denial did not work and I still have Celiac disease. It took me 8 years to realize, but I have now accepted this disease and am ready to take it on like the Ram that I am. I never wish those feelings of desperation and solitude about Celiac disease, or any disease, on anyone.
My goal now is to reach out and to help others who are dealing with any allergies and immune deficiencies or any mental disorders that may be caused from them. I will share my tips and tricks, PROUD AND LOUD, on staying healthy with the hopes that you, too, can overcome any health adversities. Let’s create a community united to overcome diet and lifestyle restricted diseases. In otherwords, LET’S KICK SOME AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE (&ALLERGY) ASS!
Connect with me so that we can make it through this journey together. I would love to hear your story!