was very frustrated. And now that I look back, Iím pretty angry that they didnít you know, maybe look at a medical book to see what might cause this inflammation. Itís pretty amazing that they could look at my intestine, see that itís inflamed and not look for a reason.
It seemed to get a bit better in my 20s and 30s and occasionally a stomach ache. And then with menopause it came back with a vengeance. And I just struggled to get through the day. Iíd go home. I would get dinner and just collapse.
And I told my daughter, who worked for the autoimmune clinic at NIH that I didnít know what was wrong, but something just wasnít right. I said, ďIím already at NIH why donít you write letter to the liver specialist Ė or to the autoimmune clinic at NIH and have them refer me over to the liver clinic. And she did. I went to the liver clinic. A young doctor from South America, Dr. Sosa, interviewed me. And this dear man listened to all of it, and then he said, ďYou donít have any symptoms of liver disease. So Iím going to take the 12 vials of blood and look for rare diseases.Ē And a week later he called and he said, ďYou know those rare disease I checked for? You do have one of them. And itís called Celiac.Ē
Emotionally, to learn that I had an actual disease that explained everything was such a relief. And to know that I could get better was like being given the best Christmas present ever.
Iím Sue . And Iím living my life with Celiac Disease.
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