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JoAnn ..

California
I began my blog in late 2008 partially as an attempt to archive my experiences in learning to cook gluten free. I also wanted to spread the word that untreated celiac disease can lead to other autoimmune diseases, so eating gluten free is not only key to controlling current symptoms, but is... Full Bio
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I began my blog in late 2008 partially as an attempt to archive my experiences in learning to cook gluten free. I also wanted to spread the word that untreated celiac disease can lead to other autoimmune diseases, so eating gluten free is not only key to controlling current symptoms, but is crucial for prevention of the future "triggering" of autoimmune disorders. By December 2008 I had been diagnosed with the following autoimmune diseases and associated disorders: celiac disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, asthma, psoriasis, autoimmune hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. I know I've had the first four for a long time. The others were new. In October 2009 I was diagnosed with SLE (lupus), but in December I was just as rapidly undiagnosed! Now I'm told I have a "lupus-like" autoimmune disorder. At the beginning of 2010 I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease....which may at least partially explain the explosion of diagnoses since 2008. Lyme Disease can both mimic and trigger autoimmune diseases and fibromyalgia. Through all of this I have tried to maintain the blog, except during severe bouts of illness and hospitalizations, because I do believe that ultimately nutrition will make a positive difference in our health, regardless of diagnoses. Also, my blog has been evolving, and has become more than just a gluten free cooking blog. I have shared some of my medical ups and downs; I will continue to do so. When I began I focused on celiac disease and going gluten free, but now I also share about being a working wife and mother trying to figure out how to deal with multiple chronic illnesses and conflicting treatment protocols and yet remain a wife, mother, and employee.