C e l i a c Disease PART 1
For as long as I can remember I thought I had Celiacs Disease. If you have been following me for a while you were probably here for the mysterious rash that landed me in the ER, the unexplainable cold I’ve been suffering from lately, the bloating, the joint pain, the fatigue, etc... Before I went vegan I went gluten free and for the first time in what seemed like forever I was completely healed of all unexplainable symptoms. This idea was what sparked my questioning of what we consume as a society and my first steps into plant based journey and into the world of veganism. I was GF for an entire year until I went to Europe and found myself having to decide between a non vegan meal or a meal with gluten. I chose the meals with gluten and ever since I thought I could get away with continuing to eat it even though the side effects were creeping back thinking/hoping/or delusional that maybe my body would just get used to it.
March of last year I went to an allergist, I told him I thought my body couldn’t processed gluten, he tested me, it came back negative. So I blindly went on to live a gluten filled life regardless knowing deep down that I would be ill after consuming it. This february was the month were I got concerned. Not by coincidence I happen to have a conversation with @simpleslowlife that felt like 💡 light 💡bolt 💡 moment 💡
I went to the doctors office, explained my symptoms and she told me she thought I had Celiacs. I told her confidently oh no, I’ve been tested before. Of course she had my file & confirmed I was never tested for it. I was tested to see if I had an allergy to wheat which is not the same thing. So I got the proper testing and it came back positive. When I told of my long time friends they all said the exact same thing. “Why are you shocked? We have always known this.” And that’s the thing that bothers me the most. I knew it, my body told me but I didn’t listen bc after all I had been tested for it, or so I thought. I guess my shocked comes from the fact that I actually tried tricking my mind into thinking I did not have it. Or feeling like it was silly to be GF for no reason. SEE NEXT POST FOR CONTINUATION...