Why?, you might ask. Well I'll tell you why. For every person diagnosed, there are still many who don't yet know they need to be gluten free, who don't know that by eliminating this protein from their diet their life can drastically change. I know this because I lived it, and I've seen and heard the same story over and over. (*Not everyone with undiagnosed celiac, however, has obvious symptoms, and not everyone with symptoms look alike.)
I share these stories every chance I get in hopes that they will be shared and that someone will recognize the symptoms in themselves and get tested. (So please, share.)
so many (too many) I hear.
For a personalized chalkboard like this one
(or for one of many other
cover and profile pics for Facebook)
go to my Celiac/Coeliac Awareness page.
Decades of Symptoms
- Lactose intolerance and other digestive issues since childhood (since childhood!)
- Six years of rashes prior to diagnosis. (Dermatitis Herpetiformis)
- The devastation of two miscarriages followed by infertility
- Gallbladder removed
- Deficiencies in iron and vitamins D and B12
- Depression and mood swings through her teen years and periodically as an adult
- Perimenopause at the young age of 40, followed by menipause by only 47.
During the year before diagnosis, Lila experienced brain fog, joint pain, bone pain, blurry vision, memory loss, extreme fatigue, energy depletion, and extreme mood swings.