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EMS Awareness Week: May 21st thru 27th
To Those Who Responded on February 19, 2012,
(Approximately 3:15 am on 55 in Madison county.)
I just spent Mother’s Day with my kids, with ALL my kids, like I do every year. And I have you to thank for that. It’s been over five years since the accident, yet rarely a day goes by when I don’t think about those who saved my son’s life. Those first days were about wondering if he’d live. The following weeks were about wondering what his life would be like. The months that followed were about pulling it all together and being so very, very grateful for the gift of second chances. And through those days, weeks, and months when my focus was my son, something so very important got put on the shelf. That “something” was thanking those who saved my son’s life. Please know, you have always been in my heart and in my thoughts--always.
There were oh-so-many angels that made my son’s recovery possible; many we can see and some we can only feel. But of all the human angels that made Michael’s recovery possible, you were, and are, the most important. You were there first. YOU saved his life. You were there for him. I don’t know any words other than Thank You! Thank you for doing what you do and thank you for being there for my son. There just aren’t words.
Through all those days, weeks, and months I never made that “thank you” happen. We just passed the fifth anniversary of “that day.” Now, with the passing of another Mother’s Day and with EMS awareness week approaching, I need to let those who saved my son’s life know how forever grateful I am.
With the time between then and now, I hope this actually reaches those who responded to my son’s accident----and I would love nothing more than to be able to give you a hug. You see, you not only saved my son’s life, you saved mine. YOU impacted an entire family---and Michael’s friends-----and now those whose lives Michael has touched since then. You truly are angels that appeared through the earliest and darkest hours of that morning.
Thank you with all my heart.
My Celiac Story
(as Written by Marlaine)
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Celiac/Coeliac Awareness page.
His answer was a quizzicle "no?"
(Is quizzicle a word?) Lets use it anyway.
The pain continued for over a week before I visited the doctor. She suggested the test I dreaded the most. Endoscopy. Fearing the worst- I went. Their initial diagnosis? Celiac. The blood test later also confirmed. The gastroenterologist said that by changing my diet I will feel
better in more ways than just the esophagus pain. He was right, No more physical therapy needed, no more swollen feet, no more gassy belly.
It's taken a while, but I'm learning how to be more aware. Eating out can be a challenge! I get a little sad sometimes- but there are a lot worse things out there. I can surely deal with this.
I asked Marlaine if she felt that being gluten free improved her lupus symptoms. "That's a hard question," she said. "But I would say yes. I do pretty well with my lupus symptoms in general, but I would say I have less days of being overly tired and less joint pain."
"Whoever thought the words 'dedicated fryer' could bring so much happiness?!"
So true! Thank you for your positive outlook on this diet (which happens to be "medicine" for the person with celiac or nonceliac gluten sensitivity).
If you would like me to share your story, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You won't have to actually write it, as Marlaine did (although you are welcome to).
I will send you a questionnaire to complete and I can put it all together.
I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. These are just my thoughts (and my wishes for routine celiac testing).
Another story of someone who experienced symptoms as a child, yet wasn't diagnosed until an adult. Christina suffered from severe migraines, constipation, and stomach aches as a child. Of course, as with anyone diagnosed with celiac as an adult, it can’t be proven that these childhood issues were caused by gluten (but gluten is highly suspected).
After several years of symptoms, Christina was tested for celiac in 2007. The blood test was negative, but she had the gene, had been experiencing symptoms for the ten years prior, and had a sibling who tested positive for celiac. For those reasons, her doctor diagnosed her with celiac. She had been so sick prior to testing that her diet had been limited to bananas, mashed potatoes and applesauce. And, of course, a person needs to be consuming gluten for accurate testing.
Christine was also diagnosed with Sjorgens about five years before she was diagnosed with celiac--and, besides having celiac, she is also allergic to wheat, requiring her to carry an epipen. (Celiac is an intolerance, not an allergy; these are two separate issues.)
Email me at email@example.com (and I'll send you a questionnaire).
I know I NEVER made the connection between wheat and my symptoms. Ever!)
She knew her symptoms were connected to food some way.
check out my Celiac/Coeliac Awareness page. Sized for FB profile picture.)
Undiagnosed celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity can look very different from person to person. Sometimes gluten free seems to be THE answer; sometimes it’s just a piece of a person's health puzzle, as is the case with Caitlin.
(This family is from South Africa, where celiac is spelled “coeliac,” which is how I will spell it here, as I retell Caitlin’s story):
By the time she was 5, Caitlin was diagnosed with CVID (common variable immune deficiency). I had to look this up, as I'd never heard of it before. It basically means that she is highly susceptible to infection due to an impaired immune system. They continued to follow a (not so strict) gluten (and dairy) free diet.
Maybe gluten wasn't affecting her health?
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