Hi! My name is Ella. I’m 12 years old and a little over a year ago I was diagnosed with coeliac disease (an autoimmune disease). I live in Whitley Bay which is on the coast near Newcastle in North East England.
Before I was diagnosed I was very underweight and hated meal times. Another thing I’d like to say is that it took five doctors appointments for me to be given a blood test, then diagnosed. Anyway, this blog is to inform people about coeliac and to help people who have just been diagnosed or have had coeliac for all of their lives to find places to eat and countries that are good to visit with coeliac.
When me and my family go into town its always a struggle to find somewhere to eat. So recently whitest we were in town we decided to go into pret a manger, I thought i wouldn’t be able to have anything or end up with a salad. But there was sandwiches,soup and gf bread with the soup. I was soooo happy and would definitely recommend!
Coeliac Disease is an autoimmune disease. When someone with coeliac eats gluten (a protein found in wheat,barley and rye) they can feel sick, vomit or get bloated. When they eat gluten their immune system attacks the small intestine and the villi (small finger-like things that help absorb nutrients).
Sudden/unexpected weight loss
Iron/vitamin B12/folic acid deficiency
For more information you can visit the Coeliac UK website.