Re:biopsy and GF: from Lyn on 2003-03-22
Janice, if your daughter is found to have CD then all her family should be tested for this as it is 'in the genes'.
You will know that she must eat gluten until up to the biopsy in order for any damage to show & thus get a correct diagnosis.
I felt very shocked and bewildered 2 years ago when I was unexpectedly diagnosed with CD & went GF but it honestly does get easier & better.
There is no need for the whole household to be GF if your daughter is diagnosed but just make sure she has her own GF toaster, bread bin, bread knife & board, work surface for food preparation , butter or spread, jam pot & cupboard etc for GF foods used only by her so that no cross contamination occurs.
There is a lot of information on the internet about CD and GF diet
Re:biopsy and GF: from on 2003-09-14
I have just recently been diagnosed with Celiac & am stumbling my way through the GF maze. It is a daunting task. However, I have found GF chocoloate chip cookies that I am now addicted to. They are called "Pamela's Chunky Chocolate Chip" cookies & I found them in the "organic" section of the grocery store. They say "Wheat-Free & Gluten-Free" on the package. They aren't cheap but they are worth it. I find they taste best when refrigerated. I'm almost afraid they are too good to be gluten-free. If anyone out there knows of them, could you confirm that they are OK. I've gotten so I really don't trust anymore. Thanks
Re:biopsy and GF: from on 2003-11-11
For those in the US: YES, our food is more expensive, but then you do what you have to do. If you haven't already, join your local celiac support group. You can meet people there and after a while you might find someone closer to you where you can buy a case of product save $$ and split it.
Also, my local suport group has a food fair every year. Companies come to our local areas in one room and they have specials they give out. Special prices that is. A lot of time, they make the product and you get to taste it before you buy it. This way, you know what you're buying is a decent product. Sometimes they have free shipping which saves a lot.
Best of Luck.