About This Blog
“…there was given me a thorn in the flesh” (from 2 Corinthians 12:7)
I believe I discovered a thorn in the flesh when I discovered I reacted to gluten-containing foods. Since that discovery, I’ve struggled with increasing levels of sensitivity which I eventually found out were due to allergic reactions, new food reactions, and symptoms/conditions that won’t resolve. The gluten-free life has not been a miracle cure for my health issues. In many ways, it’s made my life much more difficult and brought more pain than healing. This blog is for those, like me, who hate living the gluten-free life and are struggling to deal with it. We don’t just “feel better” gluten-free. We don’t embrace or love this life. We don’t see anything positive about the gluten-free life or having to deal with food allergies or other food reactions. We accept that it’s a part of our lives and that we must treat it and take it seriously in order to stay healthy. We really wish that we could eat normally and have a normal life. We want to be able to take part in the activities that others take for granted. We’d love to be able to eat freely and not have to worry about ingredients, how the food was prepared, and with what the food may have come into contact. My hope is that through this blog, those who are struggling will know that they’re not alone. I’m hoping that the tips and things I’ve found that have helped me will help them and will make a difference in their lives as well. I also hope that we can lean on each other and support each other as we struggle through this life.
Super-sensitivity has been by far the most difficult part of this struggle. Many of my posts deal with the things that I’ve had to uncover as sources of inadvertent wheat/gluten exposure. Many of these things aren’t mentioned on the mainstream gluten-free and allergen-free blogs and websites, at least from what I’ve seen. Some even seem to dismiss sensitivity to extremely low levels of exposure. I hope through my blog to show that super-sensitivity is real and that it can prolong healing and adjusting to an allergen-free and/or gluten-free life. Some can adjust within months, but it has taken me years to find everything that’s causing problems and find a way to deal with it. If you are super-sensitive as well, please know that you’re not alone. I hope that you will find plenty of information here to help you on your journey and perhaps to consider things you wouldn’t normally suspect that may be causing your own problems with inadvertent exposure.
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I’ve been struggling with the gluten-free life since September 11, 2012. I’m a programmer/analyst by trade and a Christian who loves being involved with her church. I help with the computer presentations during services and with keeping the records for our Wednesday night children’s ministry. I am also a member of the Hostess Committee. I assist with changing the church sign and help out in other areas of the church as needed. I love listening to music, particularly music with a great beat. I love movies and television, particularly science-fiction and fantasy. I love to read but have a hard time finding time to do it. I love spending time with my family and friends. I love participating in the occasional 5K race. Despite the stress that exists with it now in my gluten-free life, I do like to cook. I enjoy grocery shopping. Finding a new and different gluten-free food item that I can eat can be an exciting event. I love going to book and electronic stores, even if it’s only to browse. I’m single without children, unless you count my beautiful black cat, Cocoa, who has been in my life since October 2010. She’s my baby, and I love her dearly.