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When I was new to eating gluten-free and needed confirmation that this could help me (in spite of the fact that it eliminated my favorite bread from Panera and so much more), I found it helpful and even comforting when I stumbled across a story of someone who’d had symptoms similar to mine that were relieved by a gluten-free diet. I’d love for you to briefly tell your story. Please share your journey with everyone: the symptoms, the process of learning to eat gluten-free and how your health has improved on the diet.


  1. Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing your personal story. I have recently become gluten free (Sept 2011). I have fibromyalgia and when I went to see a new dr for something completely unrelated he guessed that with the fibro I would be sensitive to gluten. So we ran some tests and it turns out I am very sensitive to gluten. It’s interesting because I really don’t have any symptoms per say but staying off gluten keeps inflammation away in my gut which in turn helps the “signals” my brain gets for pain. I do see some results-not as much as I hoped tho, at least not yet. I am choosing to stay gluten free, however, because since I tested positive I’m sure there are benefits I’m not even aware of. Plus, a good friend of mine has celiac and he and his wife have been helping me from the start so it hasn’t been as hard for me as for some in starting the GF way of life. I am greatly looking forward to the expo in April. My anniversary is a few days after so I’m hoping my husband and I can make a weekend out of it! I’m very excited to see how much attention this topic has been getting these last few years. When our friend was diagnosed quite a few yrs ago, the awareness of gluten intolerance was slim to none with hardly any options for dining out or gluten free products in stores. I am coming into this at a time when awareness has spiked so I am very thankful for that. And I appreciate folks like yourself who take the time to write about things that can help others. So thank you!

    • Shannon says:

      Thank you for your post Amy. You were fortunate to have a doctor who suggested gluten, so many don’t know about what it can do. My husband and I are going to Expo too so may see you there.

      Check out my post on Gluten Free Gigi (going up today). She also had pain before finding out gluten could be the cause.

  2. Ann McQueen says:

    Shannon, while living in DC i was told i had crones and beprepared to have part of my intestin taken out. I still felt terrible and didn’t even know about Celiac. My first 10 years of marrage was ruff. I was always sick. Always felt like i was coming down with the flu. Always stomach problems. Was told i had begginng stages of Austio in my spine. I would take the kids to school and just lay on the sofa without even taken my coat off. I was always animic. finally went back to my doctor who took blood. She called me that night and said you are so low in blood that you are almost blood transfusion low. She sent me to another doctor who knew what it was and did a scope and said it was Celiac. I felt better immediately. It is so nice to feel better now that i am absorbing nutrients.

  3. Polly says:

    Hi Shannon,

    We were thrust into the world of gluten free living when our 7 year old daughter had a rash that we could not clear. We took her to pediatricians, dermatologists, and allergists. A friend of ours with Celiac told us to have the Dr. test for that. Bingo! We had 4 of her non-symptomatic siblings tested (the baby is too young). Two of them came up with gluten issues.

    Needless to say, it’s a little overwhelming to have so many children diagnosed within a year, but we are getting the hang of it. And with the price of commercial gluten free food, it looks like I need to learn how to do a lot of the goodies and bread from scratch.

    • Shannon says:

      Thanks for visiting. :) Making things from scratch definitely saves money. My recent article on gluten-free on a budget might also give you some ideas.

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