Let’s take a break from food today and discuss life. I started my journey as a Gluten Free Gidget in March of 2007. On the brink of death, I was malnourished, exhausted, depressed… you name it! I had every Celiac symptom in the book, yet went undiagnosed. I was told I had everything from IBS to Anorexia Nervosa. I tried explaining to the doctors. It’s not that I didn’t want to eat pizza. I was just tired of getting sick every time I did. I developed a fear of foods (ie- glutenous foods) and isolated myself from my family and friends. Finally, at a frightening 79 pounds, I met a young doctor who actually listened. He was the one to diagnose me and guide me through that first awful year. He listened, let me cry, and helped me heal.
At first, I was angry. “How could God do this to me?” “How could He strip away everything I held dear in one foul swoop?” It took some time, but I now know why. I was not on the correct path. My life is not meant to be lived blindly and flippantly. It is a gift. I see that now. Each day is full of new opportunities to be enjoyed, new people to help, and wonderful moments to be savored. Even if you are not a “Celiac” you can probably relate. It is so easy to become blinded by the business of life. Take time out of your busy day today. Look around. Breathe in the crisp autumn air. Smile at a stranger. Hug your family. You will never know what’s out there to be experienced until you look.
I want to share with you my before and after photos. I am struck by gratitude toward my family and friends every time I look at these pictures. They stuck with me through my healing process and never gave up on me, even when I wanted to give up on myself.
I hope this post give others struggling the little push they need to make it through. Life is too precious to let pass us by. You can heal. You will heal. Do not lose hope. I would love to hear your stories of healing and hope. If you would like to share, feel free to email me or leave a comment with your story.