Introducing a New Writer: Devan McGuinness
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Aug 23 2011

Introducing a New Writer: Devan McGuinness

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!

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Devan McGuinness is a gluten free mom to 3 kids and an advocate for celiac disease and the gluten free lifestyle. Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and her second child diagnosed in 2009, Devan is passionate about advocating for safe food and awareness for fellow Canadians with celiac disease, gluten allergy and gluten intolerance. A go-to person for the newly diagnosed, Devan eases the minds of those faced with the new life-long diet and even has a trick or two for the gluten free veterans. Tweet me at @AccustomedChaos or join me on Facebook.

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  1. Anne says:

    Welcome! Like you, we are a gluten-free household, even though my husband and daughter don’t need to be. I don’t allow any in the house, from anyone. I figure that is the one place I should be able to feel safe.
    Will you let the 2 who are not diagnosed with celiac eat it outside the house?
    Looking forward to reading your posts!

    • Devan McGuinness says:

      Thanks Anne! & we feel the same way – after being accidentally cross contaminated trying to run two kitchens it wasn’t worth it anymore when my daughter was dxd. When my kids are older & can understand the whole thing better maybe we will move to be less strict.?& yes my son & husband can eat gluten outside the house. My husband is VERY good about minimizing the risk of CC & my son gets treated to gluten occasionally outside the house.?

      Thanks for the warm welcome!

  2. Kyle says:

    Welcome to the team Devan! I look forward to seeing your contributions over the coming weeks/months!

  3. Tiffany says:

    Welcome to Celiac-Disease.com, Devan! We are happy to have you on board!

  4. Kim says:

    Welcome, Devan! I know how hard it is to try to maintain a house with both gluten and gluten-free eaters. I look forward to having you as part of the team!

    Kim

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