Quantcast Brenda's Story | NFCA
Skip Navigation Links

Brenda's Story


Thank heavens for investigative reports. One of our local news stations did a piece on celiac disease and some common ailments associated with it. “Wow,” was all I could say as I picked up the phone and called my doctor to schedule a blood test for celiac. Long story short, I'm 46 and have had tummy troubles in one form or another my entire life, plus debilitating migraines, infertility, thyroid problems, high cholesterol, and the list goes on.

I was ready to try just about anything to feel better. I am an active person, preferring cycling or skating outside, but I recently suffered from terrible fatigue that depressed me to no end.  

My blood test came back negative, and I decided against undergoing a biopsy as I did not feel it was necessary at that point.  

I've been gluten-free since August 13 and have honestly never felt this good in my life.  Yes, it is incredibly hard to live without my comfort foods: dumplings, garlic bread, divine pasta, etc. But 20 minutes after the gluten hits me, I feel terrible, so giving up those foods is a sacrifice I’m willing to make.

Thankfully, I have the support of family and friends. Yes, it gets depressing going to the store, spending hours reading what is in every product, and paying through the nose for two small bags of food, but again, I have never felt this well in my life and I have no thoughts of giving in.

I have gradually lost weight as another poster mentioned - I think another 10 pounds will put me at my natural, sustainable weight.  My muscle strength is very near where it was in my youth (just ask my 16 year old who can't keep up with me on skates or a bike).  My migraines are very well controlled - I haven't had a bad one since July - and the insomnia is getting much better as well.  I still take my sleeping pill, but now I actually sleep through the night.

[Note: The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness recommends that individuals talk to their doctor before going gluten-free. If you suspect you may have celiac disease, it’s best to maintain a normal gluten-containing diet to yield the most accurate test results.]

  • Have you or your family members been diagnosed?
    Complete our celiac disease symptoms checklist today to find out if you are at risk of having celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity ('gluten sensitivity').  We can help improve your quality of life!
  • Stay Informed!
    Join our monthly newsletter to receive news, updates, and tips for healthy gluten-free living and information about celiac disease. Sign-up for the monthly e-mail newsletter