Hi! out there.. I believe an introduction is necessary here. We are Jill (who lives in Berkeley), and Julia (who lives in Los Angeles) and we both have Celiacs Disease. Yay! This blog was made to bring together our love for art, design, health, and information sciences to one place. Get Free Twins is our forum to share our experiences living with Celiacs Disease, and all the fun stuff that goes along with it. You’d be surprised its a lot more than avoiding gluten.
Although we are twins, we have had very different paths to finding our correct diagnosis and our quest for health. One of us had a head start, while the other lived in complete denial for years. Both of us have had misdiagnosis like many other Celiacs including, irritable bowel syndrome, alopecia, anemia, anxiety, and depression. Sexy!
When you are young like us (well late twenties) and everyone you know is full of energy; its hard to admit to others that you are tired and you don’t really feel well, “sorry can’t make it to the party, I feel like I have an anchor attached to my body” doesn’t sound too cool or fun to be around. So you try to keep up then there is the ultimate big crash and you begin to neglect areas of you life, like friendships or your creativity. Celiac Disease and all the badness that goes with it, seems to not only take away the obvious – it also it seems – by the time you realize what is wrong, leaves you in utter shambles. Again not too cool of a thing. The worst part for us, was how to explain to our friends and family all we’d been through before our diagnosis, and what we will continue go through as you transition to a gluten-free lifestyle.
So we are here to make Celiac Disease cool! We want you all to know that no one really changes, they grow. So if you just got diagnosed, hold on to your hat you’re in for a lot of growth. Life will never be the same, in a good way. After being diagnosed with anything, your paradigm shifts and all the bullshit you’ve been holding onto just seems so silly. We are here to say forget the nonsense, stop holding on to the past and forget gluten.