When I was brainstorming on how to tell this story to our customers and potential customers, I considered a few different routes. Initially I had thought that I would tell a fictionalized anecdote of this story using a made up name based on a real person, and give an embellished first person account. But in the spirit of transparency, I want to tell this story as truthfully and accurately as possible as it is about my sister and her personal struggle to cope with Celiac Disease.
Starting about seven or eight years ago, my sister Kristen started having issues with her diet. Certain things she would eat would really upset her stomach, but having no allergies or dietary restrictions the first 20 some odd years of her life, it took a while to realize that something was actually wrong. She was working in an Italian restaurant while going to college, and she seemed to be able to correlate her symptoms with the pastas and pizzas she was surrounded by and would often eat in a pinch.
This was about the same time as "gluten free" was becoming all the rage, so few of her friends and family took the initial inkling all that serious. But as the months and years went on, her symptoms only got worse, and her sensitivity to gluten containing foods (and other foods, as her digestive track was so agitated) got worse as well. Eventually she broke down and had a full allergy panel run, as well as was officially tested for Celiac Disease. Spoiler alert...she had it, and it had been wreaking absolute havoc on her digestive system.
Now, this has been a saga that our family has been dealing with for the better part of a decade, as we watched my sister systematically eliminate things from her diet trying to narrow her daily food consumption down to the things that would not put her digestive system over the limit. Her symptoms would range from upset stomach to fairly severe skin rashes, and a whole slew of other issues. Her sensitivity to gluten is now so severe that if she even consumes food out of a pot or pan previously used to cook a gluten containing ingredient, her day is all but over.
Around the time that all this was coming to a head and her diagnosis became official, we (Field Work Nutrition) launched our Primo Smoothie. My sister was having issues stomaching anything, which meant that not only did she feel terrible, but she was simply having a hard time getting her body the nutrients it needed to function properly and even begin to heal itself. She told me she was drinking a juice based smoothie most mornings, and it was all I could do to get her to try Primo as a way to feed her body the nutrients she needed, and give her at least something she could eat that would not upset her stomach as her digestive system worked to heal.
Fortunately, it worked. I am glad to report that she is glad to report that during this time of frustration and healing, two steps forward and one step back, a daily Primo Smoothie is one of the few things that she can literally stomach. As an older brother, I am obviously very happy to be able to help my younger sister during an extremely difficult and frustrating time, but as a company owner, I am excited to know that the product that we've developed not only has the potential to help healthy people get the nutrients they need to fuel an active lifestyle - it may help others in real need of delivering their body vital nutrients to get back to normalcy and what was once a healthy, fully functional body.
Please note that this is one case, and one person, but it is also one success. Celiac Disease is something that my sister will always have to deal with, learning daily new ways to manage her situation, but I am glad to know that with a full understanding of her situation, she is now beginning to get a handle on it, and that the product that we've developed is truly helping her get the nutrition she needs to be healthier.
-Casey Weaver, CEO Field Work Nutrition
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