Hello new friends – my name is Devan McGuinness and I am thrilled to be a new contributing writer for Celiac-Disease.com!
Back in 2007 when I was first diagnosed with celiac disease after a long battle of undiagnosed health issues I felt lost – confused on what I could and couldn’t eat and thought my life of enjoying food was over. There wasn’t a whole lot known about celiac disease in my circle but unlike years before there was a new surge of products and information coming our way.
I am a mother to three children – Big P (boy) who is 5 years old, Princess R (girl) is 4 years old and Babe E (girl) is 2 years old. When Princess R was 18 months old she began exhibiting issues with gluten since introducing it 4 months earlier. By 2 years old she was diagnosed with celiac disease and was placed permanently on a gluten free diet. Since then I have run a very strict NO GLUTEN IN THE HOUSE household meaning Big P & Babe E (who has never had gluten) as well as my husband all eat gluten free as well.
As a Canadian mom I am very passionate about our gluten free labeling laws and advocating for correct and safe information in the media about celiac disease. I have been known to shout out media outlets for spreading dangerous misinformation and I am known as a safe and accurate source for celiac disease information – especially for newly diagnosed individuals and parents whose child now has to begin a gluten free diet.
My older two kids are now part time in the school system so a new set of challenges have begun for us. I hope to share a lot of that journey here with you all and any tips that come out of our experience in terms of advocating for safe handling and making sure my kids don’t feel left out.
Thank you all for the warm welcome and I look forward to getting to know you all better. I love to hear from you and start conversations so please don’t be shy about leaving comments, letting me know what you would like to read, any questions you may have or sharing something in the comment section!