December 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm #8187
I have suffered with symptoms of abdominal issues for about 30 years since I was first diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and then IBS back in the 70's. I've had my gallbladder removed, had Graves Disease, have osteoarthritis, anemia, chronic bronchitis, have had bouts of diverticulitis and have had difficulty losing weight despite trying different diets and workouts. Over the years I have become quite housebound because of not knowing when my insides would “act up”. I have hypertension topping out at 235/135, which landed me in the emergency room and I've been on high blood pressure meds (Atenolol, Lisinopril and Hydrochlorothiazide) since and my levels have been mostly stable. I have had quite a bit of memory loss and have difficulty piecing things together easily that were always once quite easy for me. It has changed who I am as a person, which is unacceptable. I am on a quest for answers to finding my way back to feeling good and it feels like a very lonely, frustrating journey at times.
I found out I was Celiac through an online friend in Canada, who was Celiac herself, and suggested I get tested, which I did. I am the first patient of my family doctor that has Celiac and he told me I probably knew more about it than he did, so my quest for knowledge as to what to do has been limited to reading books on the subject and information I could find online. I went 'standard' gluten free about two and one-half years ago. I felt a bit better for the first month or so and then the same tummy troubles seem to slowly re-emerge. I have stayed standard gluten-free since day one, but I have used corn and rice products and processed foods labeled gluten-free. It was not until I found Dr. Osborne and the Gluten-Free Society and watched his videos on eliminating all grains and the dairy from my diet, that I actually started feeling better for the first time in over 30 years. It's been less than two weeks since I have joined Dr. Osborne as a gluten free warrior and I am here to say I am on the warpath and on the battlefield to finding my way back to feeling good again. I believe 100% in Dr. Osborne's approach and I intend to implement his sage advice in any way I possibly can. I am lucky in that I live in an area where grass fed beef and humane, safe, hormone free, everything free poultry is available as well as organic foods and products. Hearing Dr. Osborne speak was like a lightening bolt to my soul as every word resonated as what I should live by. I have a long journey back to health, but I feel like I was shown the right place where I belong at a critical point in my journey. I have been weak for so long that the exercise portion will be my greatest struggle as I haven't moved much in the past 30 years because of not feeling well, but I look at it that my mind is still strong and it can and will assist my body in taking baby steps in that department as well. I also plan to get tested to see where my nutrient levels are so that I can assist my body back to health with supplements as well. I'm so happy to be a part of this Gluten-free society. I feel I'm home at last. Thank you so much Dr. Osborne for sharing what you know and knowing what you share. I hope as I gain knowledge myself that I will, in turn, be able to reach out and help others and to help assist them in finding their way to Dr. Osborne and the Society. Everyone deserves to feel as healthy as possible. In body, mind and spirit, I AM a Gluten Free Warrior and I'm eager to learn! Woot!January 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm #9616
Reading your story gave me goose bumps! I am ecstatic that you found GFS and that you are feeling better. Chime in periodically and let me know how you are progressing.
All the best,
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