A Blogger A Day: Celiacs in the House

May 3, 2011 at 9:04 am 3 comments

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Wendy Gregory Kaho
Lives in: Hocking Hills region of Ohio

Blogs at: www.celiacsinthehouse.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/midlife_celiac
Like her at: Celiacs in the House on Facebook
Why we’re fans: Wendy is one of those bloggers who seems to be anywhere and everywhere gluten-free is mentioned. One minute, she’s reporting on the best new products at a gluten-free expo; the next, she’s whipping up a gluten-free recipe for an online fundraiser. Wendy often tweets and retweets updates from NFCA. Given her close connections to fellow gluten-free bloggers, that’s a nod we’re always happy to get.
Wendy Gregory Kaho

Wendy Gregory Kaho

Wendy’s Story: My son was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005 and my daughter was having the classic symptoms too. I later did the DNA test on my daughter and myself (my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms disappeared after I joined my kids on a gluten-free diet). Turns out, I am at high risk and my daughter was at the highest level of risk. I think it’s safe to say we have three celiacs in the house. Dad also has a family history of celiac and experiences some gluten intolerance issues.
My blog began out of frustration and a desire to help other families avoid the years of misdiagnosis we went thorough. I have the whole story on my about page: celiacsinthehouse.com/about. Basically, my son would have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and placed on 6MP – a powerful immune suppressing drug – for the rest of his life. Because I did some research before going to the hospital, I nagged and asked three times to get my son the blood work to screen for celiac. The well-known pediatric GI specialist was not going to pursue celiac, but I demanded the test. It came back positive, as did a biopsy. We chose a milder drug for 18 months to get the UC under control while doing the gluten-free diet at the same time. My son has been off all meds for 3 1/2 years and has no UC symptoms. I still see this with UC and diabetes in kids and in women with multiple miscarriages or RA like I had. Their doctors won’t dig deeper and consider celiac. So I blog to raise awareness for women, children and families.
According to Wendy: The most unexpected part of going gluten-free is the way it has brought our family together and made lasting friendships with others in the community. It is such a surprise to go from sick, depressed, and feeling alone to regaining health and finding such loyal supportive friends in the gluten-free community.
A taste of Celiacs in the House:
  • Gluten-Free on a Carnival Cruise: This post was written by my 17-year-old daughter and actually receives the most traffic. I try not to take it personally that her post still gets more hits than any of mine, but folks are really researching travel and cruise options for gluten-free dining options and she had the answers.
  • 30 Days to 50 series: This series included guest posts by bloggers Amy Green, Cheryl Harris, Dr. Jean Layton, Kim Bouldin and Erin Elberson. It helped me make time for me and my health. It shows the impact of celiac on a midlife mom who puts all her attention and healthcare dollars into getting the kids healthy, and neglecting to address her own issues related to celiac. I discovered just how low my Vitamin D levels were after consulting with registered dietitian Cheryl Harris.
  • Cookbook page: I love doing cookbook reviews, so this new page shows just how many I did last year. I also got to meet a lot of those cookbook authors, which is one of the very best things about blogging.

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Shirley @ gfe  |  May 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

    You’ve picked a fantastic gluten-free activist to highlight! Wendy is everywhere these days and we’re all better for it! This post highlights some of her very best work and her family’s story shows that celiac is still not being diagnosed when it should be. Spreading the word will 24/7 (hey, we can do that with the web!) is what it takes. Thank you NFCA and Wendy for all you are doing and doing so very well!

    Shirley Braden

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  • 2. glutenfreeforgood  |  May 4, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Wendy is one of my favorite GF bloggers. Her enthusiasm, knowledge and wonderful sense of humor make her a treasured gift to the mission! Thanks for sharing your story Wendy and thanks to NFCA for featuring her.
    Melissa

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  • 3. Carol, Simply...Gluten-free  |  May 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I am so happy you picked such a fantastic and dynamic gluten free blogger to highlight! I am a big fan of Wendy and all she does, she is so passionate about raising awarness and does it such a manner that is easy to digest (pun intended!). Thanks for sharing her story.

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