Six months after surgery, and all “healed,”Sara was told she could follow a normal diet. Working on a cruise ship had her wanting some of that yummy tropical food they served, but she continued to experience diarrhea after eating (as her meals often included breaded items like coconut shrimp, garlic bread, and more. (For those of us who have lived this, by now it seems obvious what the culprit was, but how many of us made that connection while we lived it?
I know I NEVER made the connection between wheat and my symptoms. Ever!)
She knew her symptoms were connected to food some way.
Knowing that she felt better on her restricted diet, she went back to eating what didn’t bother her quite so much. But every day after lunch had her running (running) to the bathroom (not so easy to do when you’re a teacher, responsible for a class of students.)
Another Patient Advocating Her Own Health
(Oh how I wish more doctors would come up with this test request on their own!)
Gluten Free = Disappearing Symptoms
Once gluten free, Sara said, “Everything changed.” Brain fog, stomach issues, bathroom issues---gone. Memory and attitude issues---gone. Eczema and skin allergies---gone. “Even my family now believes that this is a real thing---they have seen the difference first hand.”
Sara, like all of us who lived an extended period of time without answers, wishes people would realize celiac is a real thing! We often hear of this person or that person who chooses to be gluten free---the latest “fad” diet. But for those of us with celiac, it truly is our “medicine” (removing all gluten).
Sara shared, “Trust me, I would love to have a grilled cheese sandwich or pizza with ‘real bread’ that doesn’t taste like cardboard! My energy has increased. I feel like my outlook on life has changed for the better because I no longer have the ‘brain fog’ draining my energy every day.”
While she hasn’t found the right bread or pizza---yet (although I’m confident she will) she says this diet is getting easier and easier.