Today I celebrate!!
And do you want to know why?
It’s because today marks 10 years since I was diagnosed as having coeliac disease and starting my gluten free life!! Exciting stuff, right?!!
SOOO much has changed in the past 10 years, including myself. I was one very sick young woman who was incredibly underweight. But here I am now, happy, healthy and totally loving who I am as compared to who I was 10 years ago. Honestly, I wouldn’t recognise myself back then now. The brain fog was just awful, so bad that I didn’t even know that was a symptom until I just didn’t have it anymore. And I have come across a lot of other people who have had similar experiences as well – not knowing they had a symptom until it wasn’t there anymore. Or just thinking that it was normal, that it was just the way that you are. Well… I am here to tell you that there is a big bright shiny light at the end of the seemingly long dark tunnel and it’s shining from a healthier and happier place in your life. I’m living proof, and I want to shout it from the rooftop (well, if I wasn’t scared of heights, but you know what I mean).
Symptom-wise I have had and healed from it all. I know it may be crappy right now and really overwhelming but you’ve got this!! Stay strong, keep pushing through and keep to your diet and just do your best. That’s all that you can ask of yourself after all. And if you get stuck, reach out. I‘m here to help you and your family.
10 years in regards to having coeliac disease is a lifetime and I’m sure those of you who have been doing this as long as, or longer than, me will agree.
Research has improved. Food items have improved. Awareness has improved.
I mean they’re trialing a vaccine for CD at the moment that will more than likely come to fruition in my lifetime – now THAT is exciting!! We are so lucky and I am thankful for that every single day. I am also thankful for a diagnosis as to why I was so unwell. While it can seem full on and like a life overhaul at first, it’s refreshing really that you can change all of these shitty things about how you are health wise with a diet change. I tell you what, industrialisation has a lot to answer for – but don’t get me started on that! I am happy, I am in control of my coeliac disease and I’m feeling like a new person.
I am happy to be here 10 years later and able to help you all with my life experience.