can take a long time to bounce back from; even after proper diagnosis. But harder still are months, often years, spent without a proper diagnosis. Due to the fact that a celiac's autoimmune system wrecks his or her small intestine, many end up malnourished -- underweight or otherwise -- but since malnourishment causes so many other health issues, the disease sneaks by. Bloody turned my life not into a tumble, but a free fall.
Beginning around 9, I had constant infections. I fenced competitively, but my doctor couldn't explain my flagging stamina, or bad bouts with diarrhea and constipation, except to say "Perhaps anxiety". I entered uni. still fencing, underweight, diagnosed with mild depression after 10 months of bronchitis on top of a thyroid that had gone hyper.
Then looked like death.
But this is NOW.
Keep reading at Tumbling Gluten Free. This is my 5 year anniversary -- gluten-free, celiac-diagnosed, and we can thrive not just survive whatever our customeater needs are.