I was diagnosed as Celiac about 7 months ago. I've had stomach problems all my life, acid reflux, IBS, you name it. I moved a lot and never really settled until 4 years ago, pretty much moving back to my childhood area. My doctor was looking at my chart, and I am on several meds for anxiety and depression, plus Nexium for acid reflux. I ask him about the whole stomach thing because I've literally had IBS (or what I thought was IBS) literally since the 2nd grade. The doc put 2 and 2 together after asking me if anyone in my family is Celiac.
Well the light bulb lit up...My grandfather, his brother and 3 of his kids are Celiac...One blood test later and add me to the Celiac family tree. Now ironically the others in my family have no problem with oats, but I can't handle any of it.
I really thought I would have trouble because I'm Irish, and well I like beer and bread and all that good stuff. But, I had been dieting, as I was somewhat overweight, okay a lot overweight, and not real active either. But cut out the gluten, eat proper portions, no seconds, keeping up with coaching my son's ice hockey team, and boom 55 lbs later I am back to playing shape in college...
I thought I'd really miss the beer and bread but to be honest, I like Udi's mutli-grain bread, tastes like the kind I used to eat before going off gluten. And beer, well that's a different story...God bless my dad, he is now trying all sorts of recipes now that his dad and one of his own sons is Celiac. I keep telling EVERYONE, "don't worry about me, I can work around this, I am going to have to learn and deal with it." And I have been. But what can I say? Dad's a bit relentless, bringing gluten-free beers from around the area, picking them up when visiting friends out of town, and yeah there are some good ones out there, but with the whole diet thing going on at the same time, I have really been enjoying a nice vodka and diet tonic water. I've always been a whiskey/bourbon/scotch man too, so that was a bit rough trying to find ones that I could tolerate, but I am making do.
And I'll continue to make do. I have an 8 year old son and a 5 year old daughter, a wonderful wife of almost 12 years and I can't help but smile when my little girl asks if the broccoli we had with dinner is gluten-free...I just can't help but smile. The support from family and the potential that my brother, my dad (recently tested and he's okay), a bunch of aunts, uncles and cousins could all wind up in the boat that I am, well I make do and am doing just fine.
Definitely a life-changing ordeal, but you just gotta keep moving forward...eventually as I continue on my path as a Celiac, there will be new products and innovations, which there already are. I can't believe how mainstream gluten-free has become and I don't know if it's coincidence or a sign from the universe, but as soon as I was diagnosed, there wasn't a Sunday paper that came that didn't have gluten-free articles and recipes...
It was a big switch, but I am happy, have more energy, am trying out for a professional hockey team again, and am going to keep moving forward regardless of any obstacle in my path.