As of today, I have officially been living with celiac disease and eating gluten-free for forty years.
YES, you read that correctly… FORTY YEARS.
“But how, you don’t look a day over 29?” I know, right?
But all joking aside, I use July 9, 1981 as my celiac anniversary because I have the medical records to prove it. When my mother sold my childhood home seven years ago, I came across my pediatric medical records which was basically as thick as a phone book. (Remember those?)
As I flipped through my medical records, two entries that stopped me in my tracks.
7/9/81: Dx celiac
7/17/81: Most likely celiac disease, responding well to gluten free diet