When I was diagnosed with celiac, I had no idea what to expect.
I was only a toddler when I was hospitalized and received a diet that was typical for infants and toddlers.
I had to get a blood transfusion every other day for at least a month before my doctor could prescribe me any medication.
I remember thinking that this was a very unusual diagnosis for my condition.
My doctor’s explanation of the new diagnosis was that celiac is a rare disease, and I was a rare individual.
But I also had a gut feeling that something was wrong with me.
I began to wonder if I was just being stubborn.
I wondered if I had a celiac illness, and if my symptoms were actually related to celiac.
I also wondered if there was something wrong with my diet, because I was consuming a diet typical for adults.
I did not want to get ill.
I didn’t want to go into a hospital, either.
The following year, I was able to get the help I needed to move past my fear of going into a medical facility.
I found the right diet for me and became a healthy, active adult.
But then, in the fall of 2013, my health began to worsen.
I developed a cold, and then an episode of fatigue.
By the end of that year, the temperature in my apartment had dropped to just 4 degrees, the same temperature that my body is sensitive to.
My fatigue symptoms subsided, but I could not sleep.
My temperature dropped to zero and my breathing became labored.
My symptoms returned, and by the spring of 2014, I found myself in a hospital with an urgent care unit.
My fever had gone down, but my body was unable to tolerate a normal diet.
My diet, however, was still the same.
At that point, I began noticing some of the same symptoms I had been experiencing before.
I still had a cold and a mild flu-like illness, but the cold was gone and my flu symptoms were worsening.
I experienced an acute episode of the flu on April 1, 2014, and a flare-up occurred that lasted several days.
I went to a doctor who had been working with me for more than a year, and he prescribed me antibiotics.
I could no longer sleep and my temperature was dropping quickly.
On April 18, I lost all feeling in my legs and arms, and the symptoms of my fatigue returned.
On the evening of May 2, I went back to the hospital with my parents, who are also celiac sufferers, to tell them that my symptoms had returned.
I couldn’t walk or talk and I had trouble breathing.
On that same day, I started to get back into the habit of eating a normal meal, but it didn’t take long before I was back to being very tired and very hungry.
My blood sugar was rising rapidly and my symptoms returned.
By May 4, I experienced a flare up of my flu and symptoms of fatigue again.
By this point, my temperature had dropped from 3 to 1.
I noticed that my temperature and the flu symptoms became worse.
By mid-May, my family had come to realize that I had Celiac Disease, and they started to worry that I might have Celiac.
They decided to bring me in for testing, which would be my first step in getting diagnosed.
I would go into an emergency room, and my family would go to the doctor, who would determine whether my symptoms are related to Celiac or not.
On June 9, 2014 I had my first test.
I felt fine.
My test results showed a low fever, no fever or cough, and no fever.
At this point I was so scared of going to the emergency room that I stopped going out to restaurants.
I became more cautious and tried to limit the amount of food I ate.
But the tests did not help.
I continued to lose weight, but not as quickly as I was losing before.
Finally, on July 4, 2014 at the age of 19, my test came back negative.
I am a young woman, and having a test result that low would be considered extremely alarming.
But my family was upset.
My parents were concerned that the test result would have an impact on my future, and that it could put them at a disadvantage financially.
They did not think that this would be the case, because my diagnosis is unrelated to my illness.
So they asked me if they could take a second test.
The test results came back normal.
But in July of this year, my doctor decided that my test result was more likely to be related to my Celiac disease diagnosis.
The doctor was so concerned that his results might be used to discredit my case, he called the test to get my blood drawn.
The results came out normal.
I think the doctor was worried about me because I had gotten sick.
I asked him why I should have to wait so long to have