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Digital story of my diagnosis with Celiac disease; prepared for ITEC 816.

Digital story of my diagnosis with Celiac disease; prepared for ITEC 816.

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  • I haven’t always been the meat-eater I am today.
  • When I turned 12, I decided that I would no longer eat meat of any kind.
  • Instead, I started to eat a lot of tofu.
  • I went on this way until I turned 24.
  • I was a graduate student at the University of British Columbia
  • When I started feeling tired and sick to my stomach quite frequently.
  • I went to many different doctors
  • And I had many different tests
  • But the tests could never find anything wrong with me.
  • I spent most of each day in bed
  • And only got out of bed to drag myself to class
  • I ate almost nothing but soup and crackers
  • But still felt nauseas, especially after I ate.
  • Finally, after 9 months of feeling sick, I had an appointment with a Nurse Practitioner. She suggested that the source of all of my problems might be…wheat.
  • After confirming a diagnosis of Celiac disease with a simple blood test, I started a diet of only chicken and vegetables.
  • After only a couple of months without eating any wheat, barley, rye, or oats…
  • I felt healthier than ever!
  • And that is why today, I love barbeques
  • But don’t care much for bakeries.


  • 1. Why I Eat Meat
    By Jess Spencer
    April 2011
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  • 21. All Images under Creative Commons license (in order of appearance):
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    Perkins, J. (2009). Nurse. Retrieved from
    Gupta, D.S. (2008). Wheat. Retrieved from
    Pinprick. (2005). Roast chicken and vegetables. Retrieved from
    Knterox. (2011). Calendar 2011 Calendario KX. Retrieved from
    Waggoner, K. (2011). Untitled. Retrieved from personal collection 4/23/11
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    Matsuyama, J. (2005). Bread. Retrieved from