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For years, Mimi Winsberg thought she was iron deficient. She took supplements and even injections of the mineral, yet she still didn't have enough energy for her passion of running marathons. Finally, a doctor diagnosed Winsberg with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that is set off when its sufferers consume gluten. It causes the immune system to attack the small intestine and if untreated, can lead to everything from infertility to cancer.
Winsberg's reaction was what really stood out in the New York Times piece.
"This is what has been happening to me my whole life, and I just never put it all together before," she said.
Going undiagnosed can be a harrowing psychological experience. You know your body and feel that something is fundamentally off, but modern medicine just doesn't seem to agree with you. When you're finally given a correct diagnosis, it's as if a light goes on and intuitively, you knew it all along.
This is why it's always important to be in tune with our bodies. If something feels off, don't be afraid of being pushy. Ask for another opinion. After all, who knows our bodies better?
Have you been through the process of a lengthy misdiagnosis? Did a light go off for you, too?