What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine.  It occurs at any age from infancy through adult.  A person with Celiac Disease cannot eat anything with wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats.  When they consume these foods, the villi (small hairlike structures of the small intestine are damaged).  This can cause a multitude of symptoms.  In my daughter’s case, it caused severe abdominal discomfort and diarrhea as well as rough, raised, bumpy skin.
Here are just some of the symptoms of Celiac Disease:
abdominal pain
chronic fatigue
failure to thrive (related to the inability to absorb nutrients through the villi because they are damaged)
skin rashes
easy bruising
weight loss
muscle weakness
mouth sores
joint pain
nose bleeds
panic attacks
These are just naming a few.  There are many others as well.  The great thing about Celiac Disease (when looking on the bright side), is that it is not a disease that you will be diagnosed and then put on medications for it for the rest of your life.  It is a lifelong disease, and will not ever go away, but the treatment for it is a gluten free diet.   Simple enough, right?  Well, it is a challenge to be gluten free on a daily basis, but you can do it, with some work.  I am here to hopefully make this experience for you a little easier.

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