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Part 2

Celiac disease is something that affects more people than some know. Most people haven’t but I am going to share a little insight into this disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that affects 0.5 to 1 percent of the general population. All this means is that there are things that are very sensitive to your body including gluten. Gluten is found in a lot of things and you have to be careful having this disease and make sure what you consume– wheat, barley, and rye. This condition is within more people than expected and some can go without showing any signs or symptoms of having it, unfortunately for me, I was 100% symptomatic.

Over the past two and a half years, I have dealt with a lot of troubles with my weight, digestive issues, and sleeping spells. At first, I would be very used to eating a sort of food or even smelling food cooking and instantly felt nausea. This caused me to excuse myself from dinner with my family, waste food, and sometimes I could go a few days without food because of how nauseous it made me feel. These were hard times and still have them to this day. I started to see that I was vomiting very occasionally and me and my family kinda pushed it away because we figured nothing was wrong, until there was.

With all of this going on at home, Amory High Schools had a blood drive, so I decided to give what I could to help. Results came back and it seemed that my iron levels were extremely low and that made my mother concerned and me as well and it made me ask her a question, “Could this be what’s making me so nauseous?” We went to the doctor after we got the results and since then it's been a roller coaster. The doctor I originally had sent me to a Gastrointestinal doctor to see if they could help me out in any way. After talking to them about my symptoms, he wanted to do a colonoscopy and scope run and I was up to do anything to find out what in the world is wrong with me. They did a biopsy and when the results came back we didn’t have a clue what it meant. We sent the results to some family doctors to see if they could tell us what exactly this meant. That’s when we figured out that it is indeed Celiac disease.

This was something that has been very life changing and most people won't understand how it does affect your life. Since figuring out what I have, I have talked with family members and they are all on board to make sure I maintain the lifestyle I am supposed to. I do thank everyone that has been along for my journey and I hope this will soon be my fix to what I have been going through.

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