Thursday, May 27, 2010

Alumni Stunt Fest

Last weekend, a group of 6 Baylor alumni cheer got together for a stunt day. Let's just say me & Rachel got a serious workout. It took me a solid 3 days to start walking normally again...and I'm not joking! It was worth every ache!

Ronnie, David and Adam were amazing. Anything and everything we wanted to try, they could do. I did things I thought I would never do again, and even tried some new tricks. At the end of the day, at 31, it just feels great to know I can still do this. The guys really pushed us out of our comfort zone and that was welcomed.

Partner-stunting is one of the best things I've ever done. It's a blast. Not too often does one get to fly. We all kept laughing at each other b/c we were all "perma-grin"-- we all felt young and giddy. It was a perfect day.
We took the party to La Fiesta afterwards to recover and visit and catch up on life. Here are a few pics. We took a ton more, but here are a few of my faves:

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Toss-scorp with Ronnie
HAHA! Has to be my favorite pic. It looks like I can grab the rafters. The jazz hands are equally entertaining. I couldn't believe we threw baskets!
No, this is not photo shop. One man has two girls over his head. Amazing, huh? Stud!
Awesome with Adam. We were partners for 2 seasons.
Video with David Prado. He's a rock star!
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Thanks for the incredible day, guys! You were all amazing!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Celiac Sucks!

I couldn't find a more appropriate title for this blog post, so there you have it. We got Alex's test results back and she tested positive for the DQ2 gene as well.

What does that mean?
It means that both of our children are allergic to gluten (wheat, rye, oats & barley). Unfortunately, they do not have a cure and it does not go away. I have had several people ask about the difference between having the gene and having the disease. This is how my physician explained it to me: If you carry the gene, assume you have the disease. Many doctors wait until there is a symptom (i.e. diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis) to diagnose the disease. My doc said it's just a matter of time. The more wheat they consume, the more complications they will have. So, why on Earth would I continue to feed them wheat?
I agree with our doc! I do believe Carson already has the disease. I have seen symptoms with Alex (hand tremors, rash on cheeks, concentration issues) and I certainly don't want to wait until one of them are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes to do something about it. So, as far as we are concerned they both have Celiac disease. It seems pointless to me to "wait and see" what happens.

Nathan & I are awaiting our results, but one or both of us will also have Celiac. It is highly genetic. I won't be surprised if we both do.

I am so thankful we have answers! I am overwhelmed and of course sad to know that both of my "perfect babies" have a disease that will change their lives forever. Now we understand what Nathan's parents went through when he was diagnosed with Type 1 (obviously on a much smaller scale). I wish I could take it away :( But, I can help! We will be come a "GF" (Gluten Free) household as soon as I meet with the nutritionist and get a plan.

The good news:
1. We are going to be crazy healthy eaters. There's the silver lining.
2. We caught this early (it takes the majority of Celiac patients 11-20 years to diagnose)
3. We have time on our side...they are young and hopefully we can prevent the additional diseases by eliminating the gluten.

Here is a great article that explains the gene & disease difference:
http://www.celiac.com/articles/21521/1/How-Early-Can-Celiac-Disease-Be-Diagnosed/Page1.html

I am learning so much through this process. I believe we will find other family members that have the disease and I hope and pray it can help. Please pray for patience, understanding and great resources. This will be quite a new life for us, but I am ready! Love you all!