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The pounds are sliding off...
Welcome to the team.
Welcome to SparkPeople and the GF team! It's a great place and wonderful to share the frustrations and the funnies of the GF lifestyle!
What a great story! Glad to hear how far you've come! It's always tough to realize that GF is forever! But, it's still better than all the scary alternatives that we think of (cancer, something that requires surgery, etc.)
Co-Leader of the FIRM Believers team:
Hi there everyone,
We all have story of when we first were diagnosed or self treated due to information we have obtained in our own personal road to wellness. My path started when after, we figured now, 20 years of system issues--weight gain--gained 75 pounds; acne; gas, burping, bloating issues arthritis starting in late 20's; migraines, allergies; upper respitory infections 2 times a year; emotional issues, depression,severe fatigue; sleep problems; extreme mood swings that made it seem like I was PMS 28 days out of a month instead of the other way around. The doctors kept testing for thyroid issues, diabetes and other things. Thanksgiving 2008--I couldn't stop burping. My mom had just seen a tv show w/doctors and they talked about women and heart attack symptoms. She scared me enough that when the stomach bloating/gas/burping hadn't subsided by the next day went to the urgent care...I had also started experiencing chest pains off and on over the few weeks prior to this...thus my fear. They took me in right away and the heart was okay--thank you God--BUT I was so severely anemic that my vital organs were having issues working properly. Thus breathing issues, chest pains and so on. Referred to see my regular doctor ASAP on Monday. I was then referred, very quickly, to a Hematologist and to the GI doctor. 5hr infusion therapy session with straight iron didn't improve the anemia, 3 months of iron therapy supplements didn't help and then Dr. Wolisin (GI Dr.) stated--hmm something is possibly leaking/bleeding somewhere internally maybe. Did upper and lower GI scopes. He then told me about the biopsies he pulled from small intestine. I couldn't even think of why he would need them but okay fine.
I received the call 3/6/09 @ 6pm from my GI doctor. The biopsies came back and they are positive for Celiac. I sat down, "what does that mean?", I ask...with thoughts of what kind of cancer or illness is this, am I going to die (sooner rather than later) what is going to happen to my DH and my girls?..all in the space of 10seconds all these thoughts in my head. He then explained this is a autoimmune disease and that I will need to live the GF lifestyle for the rest of my life. I was like, the what? Made him spell things out--literally--so I could go on the computer and search...told me to call first thing in am, schedule for the blood work to have the lab work to confirm as well--also for a baseline--schedule the meeting with a dietician and so forth.
I tell folks I am a recovering breadaholic. I use to be able to eat a loaf of french bread--no problem--until later. I LOVE to eat!!! Is this a difficult challenge at first? Yes. Is it worth making the change in nutritional lifestyles to have a LIFE? D**n straight it is.
I truly believe that, women especially, have a hard time making a big deal about taking care of themselves. We don't want anyone to be put out because of issues we may have. We don't want to draw attention to our deficiencies--or what we conceive them to be as deficiencies.
I have learned to change my mindset. As in other posts I have read here, it is not a "diet". I am never going to stop this, it is forever. It is a LIFESTYLE. I choose this way of life, the gluten free life, in order to HAVE A LIFE. The things that I missed, messed up or just gave up on because of all the complications (i know they were now) before diagnosis just get me mad. I enjoy everything now, I look forward to things, I want to do things, my brain works with me and I fell in love with my DH and family/friends all over again!!
For anyone who is new to this lifestyle--it isn't the end of the world, we are on an adventure, the path less traveled. Look at it as an opportunity to to grow, learn. and live again.
WOW--sorry so way long. I am very passionate about this, can ya tell. LOL. My goal now is to improve my weight still and increase my exercise in a way that will not injury me. I didn't do that at first--I was like I have all this new found energy I am moving. Wellll, not the smartest thing--created a severe tendonitis in my right hip, aggravated my herniated disc in lower back and injured. I had initially lost 24.5lbs after getting health on the GF plan. But it has creeped back up 10lbs due to the lack of physical activity and shortcut GF eating.
Thank you for being here--the fitness/health coordinator at my work suggested signing up and hanging with all you lovely folks. So here I am. I look forward to "meeting" you all and sharing in our mutual travels to a better way of living a Healthy Life!
Proud wife, mother, and nanny!
Working on being the BEST version of myself in all ways!