I can’t tell you how much money we have spent on Gaviscon, Tums, Prevacid, Zantac, Nexium, etc! In our home and cars and purses, there has ALWAYS been a little medicine bottle or baggy with an assortment of over-the-counter meds that we hoped would help if a “situation” arose that day. No kidding … every vacation and every special celebration meal has included hurting stomachs either during the event or immediately after it.
Frequent stops at public restrooms became a way of life for us in an attempt to live life to the fullest and not let the discomforts keep us from all the opportunities we have had to travel for family vacations, ministry events, and get-togethers with our friends. Honestly, I can’t say that we let the issue keep us from doing anything we’ve wanted to do. We just took it in stride and worked through whatever challenge presented itself, and we always kept that little assortment of meds handy!
I’m Rose’s mom, and I’ll be working with her on this section of the blog because this is a disease that has affected our family for many years, and I’ve learned a lot along the way! I hope that sharing what I’ve learned will help you overcome the tendency to be overwhelmed as you begin your journey with Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance.
Stomach issues are not a lovely thing to discuss, and my family would rather not talk about it, but lately we have encountered so many friends who are concerned about themselves or a loved one, and they have questions – lots of questions! We have tried to share what we know in little conversations here and there, but really it’s just too much for people to hold in their head when they are new to the gluten intolerance issue. That’s why we are writing it down and publishing it online. We hope that sharing about OUR journey and what WE have learned will help others find health and healing too.
Keep in mind that neither Rose nor I are medical professionals and almost all of what we are sharing is based on OUR best understanding of what has or hasn’t worked for us and on what we have gleaned from articles online and from real life friends who are also dealing with Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance. If we can find a reliable medical source for any of the things we share, we will link to it, otherwise, just assume that what we’re sharing is based on anecdotal evidence – that’s what medical professionals call it if you are not quoting research they have published!