Celiac Disease Foundation


2.5 million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for major health complications from celiac disease. Help us lead the fight to increase diagnosis, to improve medical treatments, and to find a cure for celiac disease.

Success Story

My name is Caryn. I am a 56 year-old woman. About 20 years ago, I started to struggle with chronic and severe stomach pain. It persisted and I told my doctors. Every doctor I saw dismissed my complaints. They told me that there was nothing wrong with me. None…I repeat…NONE of my doctors tested me for celiac disease. Four years ago, I returned to the doctor with a severe pain on my right side. It turned out that a malignant tumor in my colon had led to a ruptured appendix. It was only with my cancer diagnosis that the doctors tested me for celiac disease. My blood test results were off the charts. Here is the real horror: My doctors told me that if I had been diagnosed with celiac disease and treated years ago, I may never have gotten cancer. I recently had my second surgery, chemotherapy and am now starting radiation - and it is possible that this could have all been prevented. So to me this fight to increase the rate of diagnosis of celiac disease is deeply personal. I don't want anyone else to have to go through this battle, only to end up with cancer like I did. Celiac Disease Foundation was my only source of information when I received my diagnosis. I can assure you, they work tirelessly to stop the needless suffering that results because only 17% of individuals with celiac disease have been properly diagnosed. CDF has an ambitious but attainable goal to raise that nnumber to 50% within five years. I know that your contribution to CDF will change a life.  It will help stop the needless and potentially deadly suffering caused by undiagnosed celiac disease in millions upon millions of people.

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