The Diagnosis

Screen Shot 2016-12-25 at 6.25.54 PM.pngI was diagnosed on October 31, 2016. It was Halloween and a Monday. A day I was prepared to gorge on all sorts of junk; a day I was not prepared to change every thing. Sitting in the chair listening to my doctor that morning I knew that my life was about to be different. Different because I would have to meal prep (something I have always scoffed at), I would have to cook (something I never do), and I could never, ever eat another Oreo cookie again. Insert sad face emoji here.

I have been sick for eight years. Eight years. Only my closest friends knew that I was sick all day. Every single day. You just learn to roll with it. Want to know my symptoms –  Google Celiac Disease. I am a textbook case. Since being diagnosed I have researched, reached out, and then researched some more in hopes to make sense of this tiny protein we call gluten and all that it entails. Celiac disease isn’t an allergy or an intolerance. It is an autoimmune disease in which your body attacks itself at the slightest trace of gluten. I even had to get rid of my Mac lipstick. Here are 12 things I’ve discovered since being diagnosed:

  1. It’s all I think about and talk about. Sorry. Seriously. Every detail of my day needs to be planned out. Food has to be prepped and ready. My ten vitamins have to be packed. I can’t just take off somewhere without knowing what I will have to eat. Did I mention I also have Diabetes? (A symptom of Celiac) Yeah. Not eating a meal isn’t an option. I have to eat, and I have to eat things not containing gluten.
  2. Cross Contamination is real. We have all new pots and pans. The toaster is gone. My peanut butter and butter is labeled “Daisy Only”. Even if my friends want to be sweet and make me something Gluten Free – please don’t. I can’t eat out of your pans. You know how pans get scratched? Gluten hides down inside of those scratches, and the tiniest bit of that protein could make me extremely sick. Sounds crazy, but it is very true. Gluten is pure poison to a person with Celiac.
  3. Just because it says Gluten Free doesn’t mean it is. It hides in all sorts of places. In all sorts of ingredients. I have to read every single label. I have a list a mile long saved on my phone of words that I check. I am not just looking for the word gluten. It is much easier just to eat clean, unprocessed food. Dairy, meat, fruits & veggies. Plus, if I can’t have a Great American Cookie, I sure don’t want a gluten free cookie. Pass.
  4. You Feel like a Weirdo. It is a lot to explain. To everyone. If you dare eat out you have to call ahead and check for safety. Do you use a separate counter for gluten free needs? Do you use separate knives when preparing gluten free meals? Will you change your gloves before you prepare my food?  You feel like a new age hipster, but you’re not. You just don’t want to ever be that sick again.
  5. I can eat rice and potatoes. Score.
  6. My Whole House is Gluten Free. Frank and I decided it would just be easier. If we would have gone the other route we would have to have separate pans, separate sponges, even separate strainers for my food vs. theirs. This whole thing is already stressful enough. My family eats gluten while they are out and about. They even have cookies in the cupboards here. We just do not cook with gluten. At all.
  7. I have not taken a nap in almost two months, which means I am no longer lethargic. Celiac disease makes your body unable to absorb nutrients (if you are consuming gluten). I thought I was just a working mom with kids. We are all tired. I didn’t know that all of my vitamin levels were just non-existent.
  8. My husband and kids have my back. They don’t want me to be sick anymore either. Often times they are asking if something contains gluten or telling people that I can’t have it before I even have a chance. It’s actually pretty sweet.
  9. I have not been sick since November 3rd. Three days after cutting gluten from my diet. I never knew how bad I felt until I didn’t feel bad anymore.
  10. Celiac is not cancer. What do I mean? Ok, I can’t eat a lot of stuff. I can’t graze on food at get togethers or parties anymore, but I don’t have cancer. What I have can be managed by me planning ahead and by me eating healthy foods. By me not being lazy. For this I am thankful.
  11. It’s me. Not my kids. I can not imagine having to helicopter a severe food allergy or the whole cross contamination thing with one of my kids. My heart goes out to any parent that has to diligently protect their children in this way every single day. I am paranoid enough thinking about myself getting cross contaminated.
  12. I have not felt this good in a long, long time. My diagnosis has truly been the best thing that has happened to me.

Why am I blogging about this? Because I hope it helps someone else. I was sick for so long. If I would have talked about it, if I would have known, then maybe I could have gotten help sooner. Spreading awareness is key.


The Great Google Challenge

Tech Champ – Sara Moore

Holiday Edition

English I

Objective: To read a variety of informational texts and conduct research on a Winter Holiday celebrated in another part of the world, and create a media representation of assigned holiday  


(6)  Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Literary Nonfiction. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the varied structural patterns and features of literary nonfiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to analyze how literary essays interweave personal examples and ideas with factual information to explain, present a perspective, or describe a situation or event.

(21)  Research/Gathering Sources. Students determine, locate, and explore the full range of relevant sources addressing a research question and systematically record the information they gather. Students are expected to:

(A)  follow the research plan to compile data from authoritative sources in a manner that identifies the major issues and debates within the field of inquiry;

(B)  organize information gathered from multiple sources to create a variety of graphics and forms (e.g., notes, learning logs); and

(C)  paraphrase, summarize, quote, and accurately cite all researched information according to a standard format (e.g., author, title, page number).


Find all information on GOOGLE. Be specific in your searches and you will have better luck!

Put all information into a Google Slides Presentation IN THIS ORDER

  1. Name of Holiday (5 points)
  2. Country(s) Associated with Holiday (10 points). If this holiday is celebrated in the United States, say something about it!
  3. Religion(s) Associated with Holiday (10 points)
  4. Dates Holiday Celebrated (5 points)
  5. 3 Traditions Associated with Holiday (15 points)
    1. One slide per tradition – include a description
  6. 3 Foods Associated with Holiday (15 points)
    1. One slide per food – include a description or a picture
  7. 1 informational text – essay, memoir, biography, autobiography, or news article – discussing the holiday (15 points)
    1. Include an excerpt from the informational text on one slide, and the link to the full text
  8. 10 pictures representing Holiday (that you find on the internet) (1 point per picture)
    1. As many slides as necessary
  9. Links to ALL websites you got information from (15 points) – yes, you can put this all on one page. Just make the text small.

Share with Mrs. Moore ( as soon as you create the slideshow – If it is not shared, you can’t get credit!

Additional pieces of this project that will be accepted and counted as extra credit:

  1. Make a holiday card that would be appropriate in your holiday
  2. Make a collage or diorama depicting your holiday
  3. Make a food or bring a drink that is consumed at your holiday (on Dec 16)
  4. Wear the colors/clothes associated with your holiday (on Dec 16)


12/12/16: Assign project and answer questions

12/14/16: You have the whole class period to research/compile information

12/15/16: You have a vocab quiz, then the rest of the class period to research/compile information.

12/16/16: Slideshows due at the end of the class period. Any additional pieces are also due on this day.

NOTE: In the interest of time, you will not be required to present this information; as such, be sure that you have adequately explained each portion of your holiday.

HOLIDAYS FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE: (Students will randomly draw)

  1. Hannukah
  2. Kwanzaa
  3. Boxing Day
  4. Yalda (Winter Solstice)
  5. The Emperor’s Birthday (Japan)
  6. St. Nicholas Day
  7. Bodhi Day
  8. Festivus
  9. Pancha Ganapati
  10. Donghzi Festival
  11. KrampusNacht
  12. Feast of Winter Veil (World of Warcraft)

The following is a sample of a finished project by a student in Mrs. Moore’s class. (We have permission to share.)