My road back to recovery was a little longer than the road to near starvation.  Not only did the villi in my small intestine need to heal, but my body did also.  I had lost not only weight, but also muscle during my illness.  So now I had to rebuild my strength and my body.

As my body started to heal, I started to feel good again.  The tingling in my face and hands went away.  The stomach aches decreased and then went away all together.  I was able to eat and not need a bathroom.  I was slowly getting my life back.

As my body got rid of the residual gluten, I started feeling stronger.  Mealtime was a little more hectic.  If we were having pasta for dinner, I had to make two different meals.  One for my family with regular pasta, and one for me, made with gluten free pasta.

Obviously, I survived and thrived, (otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this blog). 😉

Which brings me to why I wanted to start a gluten free blog.  Today there is about 1 in 100  people with celiac disease.  A study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota Medical School found that young people today are more than four times more likely to have Celiac Disease than young people of the 1950’s.

If Celiac Disease goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed it can lead not only to serious medical complications, but also a higher risk of mortality if left untreated.  Yet, 97% of people with Celiac Disease go undiagnosed.

If I can help one person from going through what I went through, I will be happy.

Tomorrow I’ll go into the symptoms of Celiac Disease.  You may be surprised by some of them.

Mary Blackburn

Living Gluten Free