Who am I and what am I doing here? A question that I frequently ask myself!
My name is Rosie, and I am doing research into Coeliac Disease (hopefully one day you can all call me Dr Rosie)! A cure for Coeliac would be great, and the research for a cure is advancing every day. But whilst we all wait for that cure, I am interested in the often-neglected psychology of Coeliac Disease.
And let me answer that burning question you’re all asking. No. I do not have Coeliac Disease. My interest in Coeliac stemmed from my own diagnosis, Type One Diabetes. Like Coeliac, research into Diabetes was always promising me with a cure. It’s now been about 20 years and I still don’t have a cure! The dietary management of Diabetes, was always difficult for me and little was known about the impact of living with the condition. That’s when I started to read a bit more about Coeliac Disease and noticed some parallels between my Diabetes experience and the experiences of those with Coeliac. And, being the optimistic person that I am, thought that I could help! And so began my research into the psychological impact of Coeliac.
This blog is designed to help both me understand about the lives of real people who live with Coeliac and to help translate all those boring-complicated Coeliac research articles into something that real people can read. After all, what’s the point in doing research if the people you’re trying to help can’t understand it? This blog is designed to demonstrate that Coeliac can be tough. It is a challenge. But you are not alone.