My name is Maura and I’m a mid-forties woman,living in the United States. I discovered I had celiac disease in 2009 and have since been learning to live with it and how to navigate my way around the often confusing world of living gluten-free.
I’m a writer by trade after many years as a software tester. Although I participate on another gluten-free blog (Gluten-Free Kitchen Witches) with my dear friend and mentor (and gluten-free advisor) Yasmine Galenorn,I decided to nab this domain name and have my own separate place to vent and post whenever the mood strikes me.
Like many celiacs,my life is littered with a variety of digestive issues –everything from just having a “sensitive stomach”to being lactose intolerant to possibly having Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis. I honestly thought that’s just how it was and the come-and-go symptoms were just normal for me. Until I had a traumatic injury that became,I believe,the last straw for my body to cope with. One of my cats seriously bit my hand and it became infected (despite immediate ER care). It took a month of antibiotics to conquer the infection and by then my body had had enough.
The severity of my digestive issues became a lot worse. I couldn’t seem to eat anything and still leave the house or get far from a restroom. I could not figure out what was going on until my friend Yasmine advised me to be fully tested for food allergies and especially for celiac and gluten intolerance. At this point,I wasn’t sure I cared if I had to change my diet,I just wanted some answers and a way to stop this endless cycle of misery.
About two weeks later,I got a call from my naturopath. I had some relatively minor food allergies but that my blood tests came out positive for both the markers for celiac disease. I had a small intestine biopsy that confirmed the diagnosis. I am a celiac.
That day started a new way of life for me and,within weeks,I felt like a new woman too!