Kris left this morning for Phoenix, where she’s slated to do Ironman Arizona on Sunday. With everything that’s happened over the past few months, her making it to the starting line is pretty miraculous. It’s no secret that I admire her for her courage and determination. I also admire her athleticism too :).
Kris has played many roles in our house since the accident. She’s been Mom, Wife, caregiver, medical advocate, and friend – among other things. And she’s trained up for the consummate endurance event, the Ironman Triathlon, with all of this happening.
Because she had it so easy these past few months, fate dealt her another wild card a few weeks back, when she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I’d only started hearing about this a few years ago, and it’s still not widely known (or acknowledged by the food industry). This condition is also known as Gluten Intolerance, and it means that if you eat things containing gluten, you’re unlikely to absorb nutrients as you ordinarily would. The gluten causes the immune system to attack the lining of the small intestine. Untreated, it can lead to osteoporosis and cancer.
Kris found this out as she was tapering for the Ironman, and she’s had to radically revise her diet, just when the experts tell you not to. But she didn’t really have a choice about that. Since it’s passed genetically, we had the kids tested too. One is positive, the other negative.
Needless to say, the kitchen and pantry in our home are looking pretty different lately. Kris has been burying her nose in all manner of books and literature about Celiac Disease. I expect over time we’re all going to eat a largely gluten-free diet.
Anyway, this latest adventure illustrates some of the strengths that have gotten Kris to the Ironman starting line – determination, and thirst for knowledge.
On Sunday, we’re going to be sending all the positive energy we can down to Tempe Arizona.