Tag Archives: celiac disease

Recovery, Chronic Fatigue and Depression


When I was 14 years old, on a Friday afternoon I went to Nelda Jane’s house for the weekend.  She wanted to go horseback riding and swimming; I wanted to go to sleep or sit under a tree and read.  … Continue reading

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Musings about Music, Antidepressants, Celiac Disease, Wheat, HIPAA, Justin Bieber and Jesus


First, music and antidepressants:  I took antidepressants every day for twenty-six years.  During that time all I listened to was country and western music.  Kenny Rogers called it “the white man’s blues” and I listened to the words.  After I … Continue reading

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Undrugging: Antidepressants to Fat


  The Joslin Center has a reputation for really evil patient relations, so I went on a search and found a better dietician, quite possibly someone Dr. Steve Wechsler sent me to.  We met every month or two—not half as often as … Continue reading

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Doctor-Controlled Diabetes


During the drugging years I had been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, type II; the doctor had said, “Over weight and over forty.”  It was diet controlled, that is, I progressively kept eliminating from my diet all the things that were pushing … Continue reading

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The Undrugging of Annie (Part VI)


The neurologist, Dr. Nabil Aziz, took my complaints seriously but, upon examination, could not find anything neurologically wrong with me.  Nevertheless, he ordered a ton of blood work.  The anti-gliadin antibodies test came back positive:  I have celiac sprue, an autoimmune disease … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Psychiatric Services: About Me, Part One (continued)


I have celiac sprue, an autoimmune disease; wheat makes me sick.  The CPEP staff just shrugged and said, “Well, sandwiches are all we have.”  That is not true.  Dietary was sending my special diet tray to CPEP.  How can a hospital … Continue reading

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About the Author: Anne C Woodlen (Part IV)


Out on pass, I collapsed psychologically and took an overdose.  When I failed to return to the hospital on time, the doctor said I probably was out partying and not to try to find me.  She left me alone to … Continue reading

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