I have been gluten free since 2008 after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease (CD). How I remember the day I was told that I have CD. While sitting in the doctor’s office waiting to hear that I had RA or Lupus, I prayed that I would ONLY be diagnosed as having CD. WOW! What a thing to wish upon yourself. My research at the time told me this would be the lesser of three evils.
Since I am not one to automatically listen to what I am told, I started searching for information and found that we had a large support group right here in Tucson. http://www.southernarizonaceliaccsupport.org
When I attended my first GF event, I was shocked and dismayed by how many people were as ill as I was - but happy that I was not alone anymore! I joined the local CSA Chapter to find out what I could do to improve my own health…about a month later, I received a newsletter stating they were looking for a Vendor Coordinator for the upcoming Gluten Free Food Fair. I jumped at the opportunity to help plan this event!
This was just the beginning for me….as I learned more about the GF diet and the SAD diet (Standard American Diet), I became entrenched in passion to find more information about gluten free food and share it with others.
After serving our board in various positions, I became the President of our CSA Chapter in 2011 and have even more passion for fact finding. Although I retired from the board in 2013, I aim to do all that I am capable of to raise awareness of this autoimmune disorder and all the damage it can do to our bodies when left undiagnosed.
Let’s face it – we are being poisoned by gluten, GMO’s and other foods every single day and it’s time to do something about!!!
I am looking forward to getting to know more people involved in the GF community.
Please join me in building a stronger voice for those with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance. Let’s live a HEALTHY gluten free lifestyle!