Welcome to my little space on the internet. Some of you may already know me, and others may just have stumbled here, curious to see what its all about.
Well, let me try to fill you in. Im Linda. Swedish by birth, British by association and desert dweller by choice.
As a teen I had itchy feet, feet that took me to the UK for a short trip… a short trip that lasted over a decade! Then in 2006 feet got severely itchy again, and off I went to sunny Dubai where I met my husband. We had a whirlwind romance (without much romance), married quickly and had a baby boy, all within a year!
In 2009 I had my second child, that child was … well…. angry! Very very very angry. As parents me and my husband had almost been smug after our first child, he was so easy to deal with, so polite, pleasant, well behaved. Then along came – what we thought – our punishment for the smugness. The most difficult child imaginable.
The story of Aili is long, and not an easy one to tell, but we got our answers in the end, our angry child was not so angry after all, she was ill, she was being poisoned by her food. She tested positive for Celiac disease.
My mission in life changed. Where we lived – in Dubai – there was no support network, no Celiac association, no meet ups…. nothing. So I started my own support network. I started Gluten Free UAE.
Then, over 2 years later, many events later, having met hundreds of Celiacs, people on this Celiac journey, all different, and yet still, so very much alike. Now, my own journey has also changed. The support network that I so badly needed and craved when my daughter was diagnosed is there, the meetings are there, Celiacs in the UAE have a place to go for help, now, now its time for my own journey.
Our Celiac kiddo is not one of those healthy Celiacs that live ‘normal’ happy lives after cutting gluten, our Celiac kiddo is instead one of those with issues, many of them. In August / September 2013 we decided to pack up me and the kids and head to Europe, Poland to be exact. The thought behind this move is to give the kiddo the cleaner air she so desperately needs, air with no dust or sand in it. Our aim is to stay here in Poland for 2 years or so, then we will review the situation and make our next plan. Maybe New Zealand? I hear its great for Gluten Free folks! 🙂
And so…. here we are. Gluten Free & Me has been born. If you read the blog you will learn the rest of the story.
A fantastic blog. I am a coeliac and my daughter (who isn’t a coeliac) has just had her first baby. I hope she never needs your wonderful blog.
Thank you for your kind words 🙂
Hi Linda, Thanks for following my former blog, The Seoul of Cyprus. As I read about your About/Welcome page, I had to look up on what Celiac disease is. My heart goes out to you and your family. What a fantastic blog and a way to help others. =)
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Hello, Linda. My coworker’s daughter has the same condition and she was angry, miserable and short of patient until the condition was diagnose now this days she smiles a little more but still quite difficult
Bless her, I hope things get easier for them soon. x
From what hear from her father she doing quite better
It must be quite tricky to constantly find ways of making your child’s life easier and better! And in addition to that you even started a support network for others! Amazing! Wishing you best of luck in Poland!
Thank you 🙂
I stumbled over your blog by accident as I was researching glutenfree options in Wroclaw. Kudos to you for dealing so well with the difficult situation!
I was wondering if you know http://www.betrayalseries.com – it’s a video series containing interviews with experts about autoimmunity from a functional medicine point of view. It’s a holistic view on autoimmune issues and uses e.g. nutrition and supplements to support the body to get the immune system back into balance.
All the best!
Thank you, will look in to it! For Wroclaw food tips check the facebook page, although we dont eat out at all to be fair 🙂