I typically try to read a book while on vacation. We just got back from a trip to Seattle. My choice for this trip was “Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease–What Doctors Don’t Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again”
All I can say is… wow. Jennifer Esposito tells her compelling and sometimes heartbreaking storing of dealing with celiac disease for nearly her whole life.
If you have celiac disease or think you may have celiac disease, I think you should read this book. Also… if you are in the healthcare industry or know someone who is a doctor or nurse… buy them this book. Jennifer’s story shatters the myth that this is fad or minor disease. This would also be a good title to share with family and friends to let them know just how serious this condition can be.
I don’t share the severity and length of Jennifer’s story or the severity of her symptoms, but I do see shadows of what she has gone through in my own experience. I was essentially told I was crazy when I suggested to my general practitioner that I may have celiac disease. Crazy. Even after my GP received blood work results were a clear indication of celiac, I was told that “I might want to try a gluten free diet”. No referral to Gastroenterologist or additional information. Just… give it a shot and see what happens. Had I not diagnosed myself through internet research and trial and error, I may have gone years and years without a diagnosis. If it was up to my GP…. I would be trying to relax try and relieve the stress in my life that was causing my health problems.
My own situation has frustrated and confused me but I am utterly flabbergasted at Jennifer Esposito’s story. I think you should get this book and share it with the people in your life.
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