My name is Shelly Stuart and I was diagnosed in 2004 with Celiac Disease (CD). I remember feeling so thankful to finally have a diagnosis. I had vague symptoms for most of my life, such as anemia, indigestion, restless legs, mouth sores, stomach aches, occasional bloating, intermittent skin rash, and occasional tingling in my arms and legs. I was given a variety of diagnosis for these elusive symptoms.
Once I was diagnosed with CD, I had my siblings, parents, and children screened. My mother and daughter’s results were positive. My mother had mouth sores and anemia. My daughter only presented with stomach aches. My other two children have gastrointestinal symptoms and eczema that are caused by a corn allergy. Therefore, we eat corn-free as well.
In my professional life, I have been a Celiac Nurse and Gluten Intolerance Consultant in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Currently, consultations are on hold as I am in the process of writing more healthcare books.
I also have been a Registered Nurse (RN) for 28 years in a variety of clinical areas, including gastroenterology and inflammatory bowel disease. My medical background, along with my experience as a celiac patient, have been valuable assets in helping others with diagnosis and healthy lifestyle adjustments. Helping patients navigate the maze associated with gluten intolerance has become a way of life for me.