Hey there. My name is Krista and in 2011 I discovered that I had a gluten intolerance. Originally, I assumed that I didn’t have Celiac Disease and since then I have started developing an interest in food allergies and dietary restrictions and have been doing a lot of reading on Celiac Disease. Through this reading and follow up discussion with my doctor, we now suspect that I may suffer from Atypical Celiac Disease as I have many of the associated symptoms and other ailments. If you’re interested in finding out more on how I was inspired to start Food Allergies Etcetera, you can check out the “Origins” category posts on the blog.
I’m a creative and quirky individual, but also extremely sensitive. Most people see me as a happy-go-lucky girl, who takes great pride in helping others. But I am also very open about my battle with depression (which is common in those who suffer from Celiac Disease). I know how exhausting it is to live with a big dark secret and I hope that by being open and honest about my experiences, it will encourage others to open up about what they are going through and seek help.
I also have a genetic predisposition to cancer due to having Attenuated Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (AFAP). I’m currently waiting to have my colon (large intestine) preventatively removed to stay ahead of my condition before it has a chance to develop into cancer.
Initially the intent of the blog was to share info and create some branding for a dream restaurant that catered to people with food allergies and dietary restrictions. However, due to a number of life altering events over the course of several years, that dream has been put on hold. The blog will now likely serve to share my experience with having my colon removed and its impact on my digestive system and mental wellbeing.
Hope your day is fantastic!