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Jennifer's Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease--What Doctors Don't Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again

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The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness estimates that as many as one in 133 Americans has celiac disease. Unfortunately, 83 percent of people who have this terrible disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosedsuffering through years of pain and misunderstanding. Award-winning actress Jennifer Esposito was one of those 83 percent, receiving an accurate diagnosis only after ...more
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Published April 22nd 2014 by Da Capo Lifelong Books
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Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
Jennifer Esposito! Thank you for sharing your story about living and struggling with Celiac Disease! I understand all too well how difficult it is to have to radically change your diet in hopes of keeping your body from turning on you, and it's always good to know I'm not alone. I completley believe all the frustrations you experienced on your journey to diagnosis and health, and anyone who may doubt it need only to watch this infuriating interview that Jennifer gave to Dr. Drew. If I ever ...more
Grace Carter
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book. For celiacs or non-celiacs, this is a great novel to gain some understanding and perspective. This book made me cry at some points. For everyone who understands what it is like to go through this. For everyone who has been forced by their body to go through this. I learned so much about myself and I also learned what it is like to be in an outsider's shoes. This book motivated me to take my life back and accept what this disease is. I feel so understood. Jennifer Esposito ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have watched Jennifer Esposito for years on my television and always thought and still do think she is a wonderful actress. I just recently started watching Blue Bloods and was looking up cast names when I noticed that next to Jennifer's name on a website it said Celiac Disease; I clicked it and I'm so glad that I did because it led me to this book.

I am currently watching the beginning of season 3 of Blue Bloods and I'm around the part where Jennifer leaves the show due to health issues. It
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This was really interesting and quite frustrating too - mainly because it took so long for anyone to figure out what was wrong with Jennifer Esposito. She went through years of health problems so severe that, at times, she could hardly walk, her hair was falling out, and she was having terrible panic attacks. And still, doctors misdiagnosed her and gave her medications that, at best, made no difference and often made her worse. Finally, she was told she had severe celiac disease and has been ...more
Caitlin Rose
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Being just diagnosed with celiac disease I thought this book may be a good introduction to the disease. I recognize that Jennifer began by writing a blog and thats how this book reads. I didnt find it particularly interesting or fun to read. And according to this book every single ailment Ive ever had could be blamed on being celiac. Accurately titled Jennifers way because the book provides no sources for a lot of the information that she provides as facts. ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I know people who choose to eat gluten free and some that have no choice because of their celiac disease. Well now I can understand the frustration of diagnosis.she did an excellent job telling her story in an engaging way then the second part was what to do if diagnosised this, what to eat snx what yo throw out. I didn't realize gluten is in so my beauty products as well. Very informative!
Allison Shimmel
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
A good book for those who have been newly diagnosed. I could've used this a lot more a year ago. This book made me feel grateful that it only took me a month to be diagnosed, not 9-10 years which is the average. I will definitely be stopping at her bakery the next time I'm in NYC.
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I learned so much from this book and I have had Celiac Disease for two years. Felt a connection to the Celiac community which helps you feel not as alone :)
Laurie Bok
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didnt watch Spin City very much, and I only watch Blue Bloods when I am with my parents (but its a wonderful show), I have never seen Crash, but I did watch "Samantha Who?", yet Jennifer Esposito is such a strong, natural and profound presence in her acting - I remember a wonderful show she was the lead in that lasted only a season Related - that I immediately asked my mother when we were watching Blue Bloods earlier this year where was she. She said that she had some disease maybe MS or ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Took me forever to get into it - I have picked it up and put it down a lot over the past year since my husband and daughter were both diagnosed with Celiac. But the book got better and better as it went along, almost as if you could feel her getting stronger and more confident as her body started to heal. Heartbreaking for me to read since this is what my daughter will deal with for her entire life, but knowledge is power.
Kayla Donnelly
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read. Celiac disease sucks... this book made me cry, laugh, and really connected me. My daughter and I suffer from celiac disease and this book was really helpful.
Lois R. Gross
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Most of us know Jennifer Esposito as an actress. Her career started in her teens where, fresh off Staten Island, she landed a gig dancing on MTV with Downtown Julie Brown. She hit the bigtime with recurring roles in TV's Spin City and Blood Brothers, and movies with Spike Lee and the award winning "Crash." What we didn't know was that, the whole time we were enjoying her acting, Ms. Esposito was desperately ill and the many doctors she went to either mislabeled her disease or dismissed it as ...more
Fate's Lady
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
As someone with a different and equally invisible autoimmune disease, it was all at once validating, heartening, and heartbreaking to read so intimately of a parallel struggle. Jennifer manages to keep a fabulous balance of providing enough personal information to be engaging and interesting without losing track of the point of her narrative or of becoming self-obsessive.

The book is separated into two helpful parts, the first disclosing her personal struggle with illness, the medical
The series of events that led to this book are portrayed by the author as harrowing. I believe that they might have been, but I couldn't meaningfully connect with the events nor with the author.

This book is honest. The author's heartfelt manner continually tries to engage you. She constantly reminds you that he's just like you and she wants to help. Sometimes it's believable, and other times it's tiresome.

This book is heavy on emotion and light on pathology. If you're feeling frustrated and
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I was diagnosed with celiac disease in October 2015 and found it interesting to read about someone else's diagnosis and recovery. My symptoms are different than Jennifer's and thankfully, I haven't (yet) come across any doctors, employers, friends, or family who questioned me or treated me poorly when I'm not feeling well. I thought the book could use some editing--there was a lot of repetition, so I did find myself skimming quite a bit. Still, it was interesting to read another perspective. I ...more
Jul 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
I saw the author's interview on the Daily Show and, having recently been more exposed to gluten issues, I thought I would give the book a try. I wanted to learn something and expand my understanding of what celiacs have to deal with regularly. Unfortunately, this book was terrible. I started the first section but skipped it when I realized it was mostly just an autobiography. The second half is supposedly for the reader's journey but I found it to be uninformative and extremely whiny. Yes, ...more
Sarah Williams
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found this book extremely exhausting to read. Whilst Jennifers personal story was compelling, it had an underlying tone of constant negativity. I know that some cases of celiac can be extreme and this is her experience, however not all celiacs will go through what she went through to that extreme (like myself). It sort of felt like she was forcing her opinion and experience as the truth rather than taking note that everyones journey with celiac will be different. My experience with celiac has ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
As someone with a high intolerance to Gluten I want to say this book saved my life, which is a little dramatic.. But nonetheless. It was by happenstance that I saw this book & I actually cried when I read it, mainly because I felt lots of hope. I could identify with Jennifer in the way she described all her hospital visits, getting sick, dealing with family & doctors - nonchalantly giving you tons medicine - which never worked. I'm so grateful she told her story & started her own ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it liked it
An interesting read. I really enjoyed the 1st half of the book of the autobiographical journey of the author including her diagnosis with Celiac disease. I thought some parts appeared quite dramatized but the author is an actress - so perhaps to be expected.

I didn't enjoy the 2nd half of the book as much. This was an informative section on Celiacs disease. I wanted more statistics and research information and facts and less opinion.

Overall an interesting read which I enjoyed. I was particularly
Virginia Brunk
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was a little disappointed in this book. I was expecting more about Jennifer's life and less about her struggles with her diagnosis; which means I probably missed the title and point of the book :) While I understand chronic illnesses (I've been diagnosed with many), I found Jennifer to be less positive than I was expecting. Having said that, I am disappointed at how she was treated on Blue Bloods and feel that it was a big loss to the show. However, she seems to be most happy in her current ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having celiac disease has literally changed my life forever. Every day, every single day, I struggle with this disease. The severity of this disease is either misunderstood, downplayed, or entirely ignores the emotional challenges. Esposito does a phenomenal job touching on these challenges in a relatable way and offers information beyond the black and white statistics. I am already re-reading for notes and action items, and it hasn't been 24 hours.

If you have celiac disease, this is a must
Ellen Marchessault
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: autobiography
I picked this book up at the library primarily because I enjoyed Jennifer's work on Blue Bloods and wondered why she disappeared after two seasons on the show. Her story was certainly harrowing!

I confess that because I do not have this disease, I stopped reading at the part where she offers advice for others who suffer from celiac disease. I'm sure her information is vital for sufferers, but I did not feel compelled to read it.
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, health
Amazing book. If you are or aren't celiac-stricken, you should read this. If you are, you will learn a ton of information. I've been for a year, and I still learned a ton more. It's a frightening look at the medical community's indifference to celiac as a disease and an autoimmune one also. Great book.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good celiac info

The second half of the book has some worthwhile celiac advice. The first half was her bio but its obvious she didnt want to share the private details of her life, which is understandable.
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
The book was informative about the disease and other issue, However there were some bits that I felt could've been edited out.
Sandy Lowe
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous resource

well written, real and raw understanding of what a lot of people experience! thank you Jennifer for sharing. loved it!
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well done! Easy flow read! Very educational, not just for Celiac disease but for all unhealthy people. Enjoyed it!
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
She's not the best writer but it was full of good information.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book from my library as it was an autobiographical view of the disease, not a guide or cookbook. My son was recently confirmed celiac and I will have a endoscopy next week to confirm CD. Neither my son nor I have classic gut symptoms of celiac disease. It was discovered by my sons low iron level in an unrelated blood test and believed to have been caught early for him, but upon learning about celiac disease, I have found a number of symptoms in my body that flew under the radar. ...more
Tamira Thayne
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Both my daughter and I have wheat allergies, and she has some major celiac on her father's side. While I don't wish these intolerances on anyone, it's always comforting to know you're not alone in your struggles. Jennifer was very very sick, and reading her ordeal made mine seem very tame by comparison. I don't want to say I 'enjoyed' the book, because one never enjoys the suffering of others, but I enjoyed reading about her life and how she dealt with the celiac, and I was able to discuss it ...more
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Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973) is an American actress, dancer and model, known for her appearances in the films I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Summer of Sam, and Crash, and in the television series Spin City, The Looney Tunes Show, Samantha Who?, and Blue Bloods.

Esposito was born in Brooklyn, New York, the second of two daughters of Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert

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