Hannah Gaudette is a home-school teen living in the hills of New England. When she’s not writing stories or training dogs, it’s a safe bet you can find her with some other animal, like cats. She’s a life-enthusiast who loves the ocean and The Piano Guys. Enough said.
I was diagnosed with Celiac disease at age four. Celiac causes gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and other grains and products, to essentially attack the gut. It manifests a little differently in everyone. The more severe reactions can include stroke-like symptoms, permanent damage to the gut and intestinal tract, or debilitating joint pain.
But at first, I didn’t have those reactions. So we thought I may be able to eat sprouted wheat without it affecting my gut. We attempted that a couple years after committing to a strict no-gluten diet, believing that respite may have allowed my body to heal.
We were wrong, and we discovered it when I had a full-blown anaphylactic reaction. Simply put, I was barely breathing. Anaphylaxis goes beyond scary – it’s life-threatening. And, yeah, we didn’t really know what was happening. Talk about terrifying.
The limitations this enforced on our lifestyle were extreme. And those limitations bothered me more as I became a teenager. When I wanted to thrive, I was just surviving. When I talked to people about my allergy, some understood, and many did not.
No matter how much I didn’t want to talk to people about it unless absolutely necessary, I came to realize I had to. If not for me, for the sake of all the other teens going through the same thing as myself. If we don’t actively educate people about the dangers of food allergies, it will never get any easier to thrive in an allergy-filled world.
I believe God created us to thrive. So there. Let’s thrive. 🙂
For His glory,
Hannah – daughter of the King of Kings