My name is Shelly Stuart and I was diagnosed in 2004 with Celiac
Disease (CD). I remember feeling so thankful to finally have a
diagnosis. I had vague symptoms for most of my life, such as anemia,
indigestion, restless legs, mouth sores, stomach aches, occasional
bloating, intermittent skin rash, and occasional tingling in my arms and
legs. I was given a variety of diagnosis for these elusive symptoms.
Once I was diagnosed with CD, I had my siblings, parents, and
children screened. My mother and daughter’s results were positive. My
mother had mouth sores and anemia. My daughter only presented with
stomach aches. My other two children have gastrointestinal symptoms and
eczema that are caused by a corn allergy. Therefore, we eat corn-free as
In my professional life, I am currently a Celiac Nurse and Gluten
Intolerance Consultant in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I am also
a Clinical Nurse Educator at a local hospital. I have been a registered
nurse for 21 years in a variety of clinical areas, including
gastroenterology and inflammatory bowel disease. My medical background,
along with my experience as a celiac patient, have been valuable assets
in helping others with diagnosis and healthy lifestyle adjustments.
Helping patients navigate the maze associated with gluten intolerance
has become a way of life for me.