A little about my background. My name is Connie Curtis. About 9 years ago, I moved to Austin, TX. For several years I was hungry, stressed out, tired and foggy headed. My hands and feet were cold all the time. I chalked it up to my dad’s recent death, my divorce, and hating my job. I attributed my absent mindedness and brain fog to stress, sadness, and being unhappy.. I needed help–I just didn’t know with what!
And then I met Tobin, who soon became one of my best friends and, eventually, my boyfriend. One weekend, he and I devoured a pizza, which we followed the next night with pasta. On Monday, I ate crab cakes at work. That night I had horrible abdominal cramps, nausea, and a headache. I couldn’t do anything. Tobin suggested that I try taking gluten out of my diet for a couple of weeks. He had a friend who was dealing with Gluten Sensitivity who had experienced similar symptoms. I didn’t know what that meant really, or anything about excluding gluten. But I said, “It’s worth a shot.”
After 2 weeks of being gluten free, I tried a cinnamon roll. Thirty minutes later, I was sick and in agony. Immediately, I knew that it was the gluten that had made me so ill. I went to several different doctors, and finally was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. One doctor gave me a food allergy test that was confusing and had very inconsistent results. This information was not helpful. I spent weeks researching what I needed to do to get my health back. I sought and finally found my current functional doctor who specializes in gluten intolerance and food allergies. By expanding my own knowledge, finding the right doctor, following his medical protocol, and understanding the mistakes usually made by the newly diagnosed I finally got healthy. It took me 5 years to get completely healthy. My experience spurred me to start my own business helping people with gluten sensitivity and food allergies get healthier faster.