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Linda's Story

 
12/15/2010

I want to thank Alice for sharing her story of infertility challenges.  I also had problems with fertility.  I had four miscarriages before I finally had a healthy baby boy.  All the miscarriages were very early on in the pregnancy and were devastating.  I had no problem getting pregnant, but was not able to sustain a pregnancy. 

During my successful pregnancy, I was pregnant with twins and lost one of the twins at 9 weeks.  I have no idea how my son survived, but I am the luckiest mom in the world. He is a truly wonderful little boy, although he has his own challenges. He was very colicky. If he was not sleeping or nursing, he was screaming.  He was recently diagnosed with a sensory integration disorder.

I was diagnosed with celiac disease when my son was 5 months old. I should have been diagnosed 34 years earlier, but was not. I was below my pregnancy weight of 125 lbs. within 6 weeks of giving birth, and was down to 105 lbs. when my son was 5 months old and still nursing. I was very lucky to get diagnosed when I did.

My sister, who was diagnosed 1 1/2 years ago, also had fertility issues. Her problem was not miscarriage; instead, she had a hard time getting pregnant. She has three children now, but they are all 5 years apart, and she and her husband spent thousands on infertility treatments.

My 17-year-old niece also has celiac disease. We are hoping she will not have the same fertiltiy challenges that we did.

I hope to help make the medical community more aware of the fertility issues that celiac disease can cause.  I would not want any woman to have to go through what I did.
 

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