The name's Casey and I am an incoming freshman to Point Loma Nazarene University, home of the sealions.
Beyond figuring out my schedule, classes and friends, I also have to explore the world of gluten-free after being diagnosed with celiacs two months ago.
Before I start welcoming you into my life as a college celiac, here's my story:
|Me with my PLNU shirt and lots of wind|
I've always had some health problems, but two months ago I knew something was wrong. I was never hungry and when I was, nausea hit me soon after eating. As the pounds I didn't have to lose steadily came off, my parents became more worried. We made tons of doctor's appointments, visited with one gastroenterologist and I gave vials of blood for testing. A few weeks and one endoscopy later, and I officially joined the celiac family.
When I first learned the news, I didn't know what to think. Change my diet? Go gluten free - easy peasy, is what I first thought. Two months of unfulfilled cravings, shopping cart experiments and lots of Internet searches later, I now know that easy is definitely not the case. And while I'm determined to continue my diet and healing in college, I know resisting the temptation of college junkfood won't be easy either.
So why am I documenting all of my random thoughts? Mainly because when I feel frustrated after bringing my own snacks and declining that pizza and cake during a party, I can't find any blogs to turn to. Sure, tons exist containing recipes, product reviews, and fitness advice, but only a handful show the social side of celiacs - what living with this disease is actually like.
With this blog, I hope to find friends in all ages of life who suffer the same issues and provide an open ear for anyone wanting to vent. I also want to show that being a celiac doesn't kill any chance of a social life in college - it just makes things a little more interesting.