Hello there, hello there, it's very nice to meet you! Actually, they are the first words of a wonderful song, sung by my sister and brother-in-law. They are very accomplished childrens' musicians and those words define my introduction. They also wrote a song that alludes to my opening...it does take a village to raise a child. A child I am not...but nonetheless, trying to remain Gluten Free Compliant has been difficult for me and so, I need a village!
I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease 5 years ago. After being misdiagnosed by my gastro with IBS and then by my hematologist, with unexplained anemia, the discovery began. I spent one year taking iron supplements to raise my hematocrit level, with absolutely no success. A gastro was contacted, an endoscope was performed, and voila, the long awaited diagnosis. The next few years resulted in compliance but not the kind that makes a difference. Okay, so I finally was accepted to donate blood...that was an accomplishment. But I never paid any attention to cross-contamination or other situations that would introduce traces of gluten into my system. I kept the same level of compliance until my mom passed away. That would be the beginning of the end for me...on and off of the roller coaster. My sister was diagnosed one year ago and like she does with most tasks, dove in head first and has not turned back. She changed her whole way of cooking, shopping, and kissing (was I supposed to say that?) Her husband, my wonderful brother-in-law is now gluten free. You may have read her blog...she is the inspiration for me to start this blog...Iamglutenfree.blogspot.com! Maybe you've met! Back to my story....Ellen has influenced me in many ways throughout my lifetime...here's just another example.....I do read her blog as well as Gluten Free Goddess, Gluten Free by the Bay, and more. Karina, the Gluten Free Goddess, recommended a Breadman, sold by Amazon. I ordered it, along with 9 bags of Breads by Anna, another suggestion made by Iamglutenfree!! I'm excited about using it tonight. After my recent gastro symptoms I decided to jump back on the rollercoaster. This time, I'm praying that with a "VILLAGE" to support me I won't fall off. I've been exhausted (the anemia), have had blurry vision (another symptom) and have been feeling just plain old blah! I'll share my recipes as I discover that Planet Celiac isn't a bad place to be, just different. And from what I have been reading, more and more people have been inhabiting Planet Celiac all over the world. I'll take pictures as others before me have and hopefully, I'll share my enthusiasm with you. Let me know what you think....good, bad, or otherwise....have a great weekend.