I’ve been thinking about how Celiac Disease has affected my life. My brain immediately went to missing chocolate eclairs, fried Oreos, and really great pizza. Then I started thinking about the positive effects of going gluten-free. Psst – you’re mentioned in #10!

  1. I’m grateful that after years of being misdiagnosed with everything from a “nervous stomach”, IBS, and Ulcerative Colitis to pregnancy-induced explosive bowels, I FINALLY had an answer and solution to what was making me severely ill.
  2. I’m grateful for the hard work and dedication companies such as the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) do to create a safe environment for our gluten-free community. The Gluten-Free Certification Organization‘s GF symbol on products is a beacon of hope.
  3. I’m grateful that my son Ryan was born full-term and healthy. I was pregnant with Ryan pre-Celiac diagnosis and never realized that I could have had severe pregnancy complications or a miscarriage.
  4. I’m grateful for the Celiac Genetic Test and choosing to run tests on both of our children for the Celiac marker. Because of that genetic test, we found out that our oldest daughter Emma did carry the Celiac gene.
  5. I’m grateful that we tested our daughter Emma every single year (despite Emma not showing any outward symptoms) for Celiac Disease. The Celiac Blood Panel is an easy blood draw. Because we tested her annually, the doctors were able to catch her Celiac quickly and avoid years of prolonged damage like I endured.
  6. I’m grateful to be fully aware of what I’m putting into my body, where it came from, and how the food has been processed. Before going gluten-free, reading ingredient labels was not even on my radar.
  7. I’m grateful for websites such as Gluten-Free Watchdog, founded by Tricia Thompson. Gluten-Free Watchdog makes state-of-the-art gluten-free food testing data available directly to us, the consumer.
  8. I’m grateful for my improved quality of life. My battle with anemia, migraines, lethargy, weight loss, a swollen bloated belly, skin rashes, and spending WAY too much time in the bathroom disappeared. It doesn’t happen overnight and every person and their celiac or gluten intolerance symptoms are different, but quality of life definitely improves!
  9. I’m grateful that I can be a voice in bringing awareness to the gluten-free community. We’re not a fad and we’re not going away. Together I know we can make a difference.
  10. I’m grateful for YOU! When I was diagnosed in 2005, I felt so isolated and depressed. Friends like you in real life and on-line continue to help me through this gluten-free journey. Sometimes you need a person who “just gets it”. I have that in you and will always be grateful.

Your turn! How has Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance changed your life for the better? Share with the Hold the Gluten community in the comments below.