Many of you are probably thinking, how could you not know you had celiac disease for the first 18 years of your life. Well, to be honest, no one ever asked me once about my bowel movements. At the time, I didn’t realize it was abnormal to go to the restroom upwards to 10-15 times a day. In fact, I actually just assumed I was lactose-intolerant like both of my parents. Even though I had almond milk in my honey-nut cheerios for breakfast, I figured ehh it’s probably still the dairy free milk, but I never really questioned it. That however came to a halt when I had to get a physical before entering college.

About a month before I was headed to the Hilltop (aka Bradley University), I went to the doctor and he asked me the question that changed my life. When I told him the reality, he immediately tested my blood for food allergies, and the next day told me that the celiac sprue was present in my blood.

A week later, I received my first endoscopy confirming I was in fact, a celiac.

So, two weeks before I embarked on my next adventure – college –

I had to rethink my entire life and figure out what on earth this thing called “gluten” was.

Fast forward to 2019, and to say I’ve come a long way would be an understatement. I went from googling “I have celiacs do I actually have to eat gluten free?” to an advocate, super fan, and an expert for all things celiac-related.

Today, I am on a mission. I want to help those who were in my boat eight years ago. I want to be the go-to resource and educator for those struggling to find an answer — the one I never had.

Nowadays, it’s safe to say I know the in’s and out’s of the autoimmune disease. That’s why I started this blog. And frankly, I won’t stop until all are aware of celiac disease and the highs and lows that come with it.