Celiac Sprue

Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and cross-contaminated oats and other grains/foods.  Gluten intolerance (celiac sprue) is genetic.

My mother died of colorectal cancer when she was 54, the age I am right now.  She had a history of colitis and by the time the cancer was diagnosed (REALLY poor doctoring) she was terminal.  You may think I am blaming the doctor because she got cancer and died, but that’s not the root.  She went to see a doctor who did zero testing.  Zilch, nada, none.  Not a blood test, not an x-ray, not a scan or scope, nothing.  He gave her a prescription to ameliorate the symptoms and scooted her out the door as quickly as he could.  That doesn’t even take into account the many doctor visits when she was younger to have her colitis diagnosed and treated.  Did the medical profession try and figure out why she was getting colitis?  Yeah, you guessed it . . . nope.

So, how did I find out I am gluten intolerant?  I read it on the back page of Bottom Line magazine.  It said “Wheat allergy is called ” and it gave the Latin name and listed off the symptoms.  There I was, in black and white, on the back of a magazine.  After many doctor visits trying to get a diagnosis that made sense, I found the cause of my ills in a weekly magazine.

It was many years before I translated “wheat allergy” into “genetically gluten intolerant”, stopped eating anything with gluten and finally started feeling like I was living life instead of wading through it.