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Celiac Disease Foundation NYC 2017

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Loray Paul

THE STORY:

My journey with Celiac Disease started after my son, Colin, was born in May 2008. I began to have some symptoms that I attributed to being a new mom.  I started to have fatigue, more migraines, stomach issues and other seemingly unrelated symptoms.  I would brush them off as stress or something I ate, not realizing they were all connected.  I went on like this, until 2012, when I started training for my second half marathon.  It began with slower times for my training runs, followed by having to stop after a mile or two to catch my breath.  I thought it was due to the summer heat and humidity, but when cooler, fall temps came, I saw no change.  After finishing my half marathon, in October, I was so miserable I decided I was going to quit running.  Anyone that knows me knows that was a profound decision.  I started running in high school and have loved it ever since, but it had become such a negative experience.  Finally, in November, I was diagnosed with severe anemia that did not respond to iron supplementation.  Six months later, in May 2013, I was finally diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  Five years after I began noticing symptoms!  In those five years, I was repeatedly brushed off by doctors when I would ask about underlying causes for my symptoms.  One doctor even told me, “You don’t have a chronic condition.  You just have bad luck.”  Once I finally had a diagnosis, The Celiac Disease Foundation became a significant help to me. It was a place I could go for information and education.  I had no idea how much this disease would affect my life.  I want to be part of Celiac Disease awareness.  Diagnosis rates are too low and as I found out, some doctors are simply uneducated.  If I can be part of helping others get diagnosed early on, I feel that is a win and that I have made a difference.  I suffered without a diagnosis and am still dealing with the long term effects.  I want to do what I can so others don’t have to go through the same experience.

The Team: $5,235 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Todd Middlebrooks

Amount Raised

$2,600

 

52% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Ivy Levine

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$2,510

 

72% Raised of $3,500 Goal

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Carie OBrien

Amount Raised

$125

 

4% Raised of $3,500 Goal

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CELIAC DISEASE FOUNDATION

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Loray Paul

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