As someone who has recently been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I was intrigued by Jennifer’s Way and what an actress could possibly tell me about my new disease. I was astonished to learn how far her condition had gone and what terrible symptoms she was plagued with. Not to mention the many years of dead ends she ran into within the medical field. It was very disconcerting to hear how many doctors and nurses have no idea what Celiac is.
My symptoms were mild in comparison. However, when I was diagnosed I was given a vague message and a "start a gluten-free diet" recommendation and no more guidance than that.
Jennifer was able to put words to some of my thoughts and feelings that have come along with my diagnosis. Especially in the case of going to restaurants and trying to continue a social life without being “difficult”. Even trying to talk about it with people is tricky because no one will ever understand until they have to turn their lives upside down too.
I certainly don’t wish anyone to have this disease however I’m appreciative to see someone in the spotlight share their journey. Hopefully her words can help change the opinions of the misinformed and be a voice for those that have the disease. Thank you, Jennifer!