Sick For 40 Years
Stephanie discovered that gluten was behind her health struggles at the same age I was when I was diagnosed: age 40. And, like me, she lived her entire life with symptoms that went unrecognized. Forty years. That’s a long time! Instead of being bitter, however, she expresses a great appreciation for her renewed health.
Before removing gluten, Stephanie was malnourished and underweight. She had teeth issues, joint issues, and skin issues. She experienced stomach problems, diarrhea, bloating, and cramps. She was anemic and always tired. As she said, “the list really could just go on.”
Instead of testing Stephanie for celiac, her doctor made the connection after her mom was diagnosed.
“My doctor said ‘oh…well that explains it!’ That was my diagnosis!”
Stephanie added, “That moment changed my life.”
*(I’ve been hearing this a lot, doctors simply diagnosing by symptoms, especially after another family member is diagnosed, rather than running the tests. I can’t help but wonder if this is skewing our statistics. By not testing, can they officially give a diagnosis of celiac? I don’t know.)
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