During the course of Coeliac Awareness Week many bloggers have been sharing their stories of diagnosis. You may have already seen my own story posted yesterday, but now I'm handing the blog over to one of my fellowe Tweeters, Elizabeth. She's incredibly brave to share her story with us all and it's just another example of the horrible journey many Coeliacs went through before diagnosis. If you have any questions for Elizabeth I will be happy to forward them on- please email email@example.com.
I know that a lot of people also follow me on Twitter, so you'll be aware that to support Coeliac Awareness Week lots of other bloggers have been writing and sharing their stories of Coeliac diagnosis. Each story is different but often shows the same thing- we all suffered for a long time before finally getting diagnosed as Coeliac, something many of us had never heard of before.
To celebrate Coeliac Awareness Week and help spread the word, I want to share with you my story. Everyone has their own, some incredibly hard, long-winded jouneys before diagnosis, and some were relatively quick; I would say mine is somewhere in the middle. I hope that by sharing my own experiences, someone might recognise them either in theirself or someone they know and it will help achieve a diagnosis a lot quicker.
A few weeks ago when lunching at my local Carluccio's I decided to take a look around their 'shop' for some yummy Italian products I could use at home. They've got a great range of sauces and even sell the gluten free pasta they use in the restaurant. I'm a big lover of pesto so their jar of Walnut Pesto immediately caught my eye...and was purchased.
Last month it was announced that family favourite Heinz would be launching a range of gluten free products and it was met with some skepticism within the gluten free community. Why were they jumping on the bandwagon? Aren't their sauces naturally gluten free anyway? Don't we have enough pasta products? All valid questions and ones that I had myself, but lucky enough to be given a chance to test the products I pushed these thoughts aside.