On leave…like a picnic table awaiting spring I have been resting. Waiting for the sap to flow. Working on the biz of healing and re-defining myself in the face of challenges. I’ve been diagnosed with Celiac Disease.
What is Celiac Disease?
From the Celiac Disease Foundation:
Celiac Disease (CD) is a lifelong, digestive disorder affecting children and adults. When people with CD eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with CD and cause health problems. Damage can occur to the small bowel even when there are no symptoms present.
Gluten is the common name for the proteins in specific grains that are harmful to persons with celiac disease. These proteins are found in ALL forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, einkorn and faro) and related grains rye, barley and triticale and MUST be eliminated.
I have gone thru endoscopy, colonoscopy, and two sets of blood serum testing. And today was my official sit down with the doctor. I kept hoping it was all a dream. But the diagnosis actually explains a lot. I have been pretty fatigued lately. Coping with spasms. Learning a new way of eating.
Through this process of discovery I have found I also cannot eat egg or dairy. The diet is challenging both in shopping and affording the special foods, Yikes!
I will write more on this in the future. But I must go take photos of crocus in the garden and take a nap.