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Annalyn's Story

 
8/3/2011

My celiac disease diagnosis, along with the discovery that I have soy and lactose intolerance (cow’s milk) was a journey.

I suffered multiple medical scares over the years and always felt sick and bloated like a ball. Having complications and severe anemia prevented any biopsy. My Mom's early passing left family history unknown, but I always remembered my grandmother eating like a bird and popping her acid reflux pills with no relief. Confirmation came through simple genetic testing despite other false negative results.

Thriving with what life offers even with onset issues from misdiagnosis, I refuse to let this define me for who I am. My passion is to prevent others from unnecessary agony or being bounced around and to help others flourish with this lifestyle. Our boys are predisposed to celiac disease, and as a family we choose to embrace cooking as a hobby, crafting dishes from around the world. My husband is not “one of us,” yet he protects us in making sure nothing is ever cross-contaminated.

I've been encouraged to compose a cookbook and try out for cooking contests…and now here I am! 

Annalyn was the Grand Prize winner of "Rudi's Unbelievably Good Gluten-Free Recipe Contest," sponsored by Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery. See her recipe for Prickly Pear Rudi-fied Goat Cheese & Rhubarb Treats in Rudi's Gluten-Free Recipe Box on CeliacCentral.org.

Watch Annalyn make these treats in a special episode of Alternative Appetites, coming Aug. 4 in NFCA's e-newsletter.

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