Among other celiac facts, the resolution states:
- “Whereas celiac disease is underdiagnosed because the symptoms can be attributed to other conditions and are easily overlooked by doctors and patients;”
- “Whereas as recently as 2000, the average person with celiac disease waited 11 years for a correct diagnosis;”
- “Whereas 1/2 of all people with celiac disease do not show symptoms of the disease;”
- “Whereas a delay in the diagnosis of celiac disease can result in damage to the small intestine, which leads to an increased risk for malnutrition, anemia, lymphoma, adenocarcinoma, osteoporosis, miscarriage, congenital malformation, short stature, and disorders of the skin and other organs;”
- “Whereas celiac disease is linked to many autoimmune disorders, including thyroid disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, type 1 diabetes, liver disease, collagen vascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjogren’s syndrome;”
so if you have been having stomach issues, please talk to your dr. it may be as simple (not at first) as a blood test & cutting out all your wheat. i've been really proud of myself, for about a month now i have been extremely aware of what i put in my mouth these days. as much as i want a simple sandwich, pizza, etc. i have decided i'm going to be good to myself & not eat it. q has been excellent as well. even at 5 she knows that if she even eats something with wheat she will get sick. she pretty much refuses to eat anything with gluten in it. i did however let her have cake this last weekend but i think the next bday we go to i will bring her gf cupcake or something. i don't think it bothered her but i need to be better prepared. also i'm super proud of my teen, this has been as hard for her as it has been for me. she loves anything bready! but with self-diagnosis, she hasn't been tested yet, she has learned that it's not worth the nausea or the stomach issues to eat wheat. she has even opened the eyes of friends at school that gluten free doesn't have to be gross or weird. maybe this is why we have it, to open the eyes of others & help spread awareness. i should look at it as a blessing & not so much a curse. :)
i hope you all have a great tuesday!