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Celebrating 10 years NFCA

I always knew that I should listen to my instincts. In December of 2003 I was in an auto accident. It changed my life. I was suddenly in massive pain all over my body, mostly my back. The fatigue was so overwhelming that I felt as if there was a magnet pulling me to the core of the earth. I could not sit, sleep or eat. I was very ill and my doctors could not help me with a diagnosis or cause of the uncontrollable multiple symptoms and pain.  I began to have allergic reactions to the pain medications. This was getting scary and I couldn’t eat. I wanted to find the root of the pain that had become chronic and debilitating after six months. I continued to question everything. Why would I have this odd intense pain on my face, arms, legs, hands and all over my back. My pain was so deep my legs would cramp up so bad that I couldn’t get out of bed and walk into the other room. Migraine headaches would suddenly come on and last for days. I could not get out of bed. I had to do something to feel better and fast. You can read more about my story here.

I remember talking to multiple doctors after I had researched and read books over the year to try to figure out what was wrong with me. I finally asked if I could get a tested for Celiac Disease. The test came back positive and YES I had CELIAC DISEASE.

So what now? What is gluten and why is it in everything? Are you kidding me…it is in PIZZA??!! I loved pizza … my brother and sister used to call me “Lisa Pizza Pie” for goodness sake! I loved to cook, entertain, not follow recipes mind you, but create food that looked, smelled and tasted amazing. I was on a mission to make and enjoy pizza once again! Only now it would be Lisa Gluten Free Pizza Pie!

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Lisa’s first edible GF Pizza 2005

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Lisa’s new and improved GF Pizza Pie 2013

I must admit if it hadn’t been for the internet I am not sure how I would have made it through the hardest of times.  I began to research anything and everything I could to find out about Gluten Free foods and Celiac Disease.  This was 9 years ago, there was very little information about Celiac Disease but there was a glimmer of light, I found the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. I felt comfort reading the information about Alice Blast, the founder and President of NFCA story, GF foods and details about Celiac Disease.  I remember printing pages and putting them into a binder to make my own reference guide to take shopping with me.  It was crazy back then but I felt good knowing that I was not alone.

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Awesome NFCA team picture

It took years for me to finally get to the point of really knowing my body and learning to live a happier Gluten Free lifestyle. I began to look at food as celebration again. I started writing my blog – Gluten Free Foodies – Celebrate the foods that you can eat!  in May of 2009. I wanted to share my newly created Gluten Free recipes and research that I discovered.   To this very day I am thankful that I found out that I had Celiac Disease.  I finally know what was making me so incredibly sick.  Now my blog is my therapy and a way for me to pour my heart and soul into something greater than just me.  I want to be the guide to others on their journey as the NFCA did for me.

nfca-logoToday I am celebrating the 10 years of the NFCANational Foundation for Celiac Awareness  and my birthday by making my Gluten Free Pizza Pie! I can’t think of a better way to share this day!  Now we have more that just one think in common. Bravo Alice and NFCA!

Lisa aka “Lisa Gluten Free Pizza Pie”