Jacy Attaway

Jacy Attaway

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Getting diagnosed with celiac disease is one of the best / worst things that has ever happened to me. 

I had been in pain digestively for years and just thought well... I have a sensitive stomach. It took me a few years to really figure out what was wrong. I tried all kinds of food sensitivity diets with no success. As the pain worsened and other symptoms like my hair becoming frail, cuts and bruises taking weeks to heal, and I had trouble eating hardly anything. Finally, a doctor confirmed my suspicions at 27 years old. I had Celiac Disease and I needed to eat gluten free. Working in the medical field, I had a general idea of what this meant for me and what was going on in my body, but truly I didn't know the anxiety, depression, and terror that would come with eating out anywhere! 

@cleanmondaymeals was actually one of the first accounts I found and made meal prepping and finding great products so much easier. Over time I found my groove with eating gluten free... anyone who eats gluten free can vouch that some products are AMAZING and some.... NOT SO MUCH. Having celiac is about a lot of trial and error. Taking life in stride but also being prepared. 

Over time I figured out how to be gluten free, but it didn't mean I didn't and don't have some horror stories along the way. I don't know how many times I've heard people say, "Will one crumb really kill you?". 

I am a look at the bright side of life kind of girl though. So even though celiac disease is hard; I know that it has also allowed me to become a better person and see the amazing sides of my friends and family that go out of their way to make things gluten for me when they can. 

Over time I've also learned to be more sensitive and conscientious about what I say and how I say things to anyone going through a tough day or a challenging medical diagnosis. Everyone is dealing with something in their lives that challenges them and treating each other kindly is one of the greatest gifts we can give to each other. 🤍
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