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Celiac Disease is definitely NOT bull****

Updated: May 10

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month, a time that allows me and so many others the opportunity to share awareness about this serious autoimmune disease - and one that is so much more than, pardon the expression, pooping your pants - from which I have suffered for several years. While Celiac disease is incurable, going on a strict gluten-free diet, which I follow, does manage symptoms and promotes intestinal healing. But it hasn't always been easy. Once diagnosed I firmly vowed that I would never let it define me. However, it ultimately led to my eating disorder and anorexia which almost cost me my life. So how could I not share that scariness? It would be selfish and downright stupid of me.



My symptoms never started until high school, a time when as teens we feel particularly vulnerable, and appearances are SO important in our minds. So I'll just cut to the chase: I have so many notsodarlin stories starring me with clinched butt cheeks, explosive diarrhea that would rival any filthy roadside public gas station, and constant prayers that I would make it to the toilet in time. Thankfully, I have some great friends who have been there for me and understand what I've been through. Case in point: my friend Stephene will never look at Oreos again as a favorite childhood treat as most of you do because she was there to clean up after me and one of my episodes. Talk about a TRUE friend!


And speaking of truth, listen in as I spill more (sorry, couldn't resist!) about my celiac disease, and how it most certainly is NOT a fad diet or condition, on some of my past Not So Darlin podcasts as follow:


Tayler Silfverduk and I talk about Celiac Disease and Diet Culture


DROP DEAD ED!!!


The story of Ed with Psychologist Lynn Supple


DROP DEAD ED PART 2


You may want to grab a roll or two of toilet paper because this is some pretty shitty stuff 🙂


Until next time darlins,

Tonya

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