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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 misdiagnosed—suffering through years of pain and misunderstanding. Award-winning actress Jennifer Esposito was one of those 83 percent, receiving an accurate diagnosis only afte ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
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 happen to ...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 h ...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 w
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!
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.
Laurie Bok
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn’t watch “Spin City” very much, and I only watch “Blue Bloods” when I am with my parents (but it’s 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 – may ...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.
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 that’s how this book reads. I didn’t find it particularly interesting or fun to read. And according to this book every single ailment I’ve ever had could be blamed on being celiac. Accurately titled “Jennifer’s way” because the book provides no sources for a lot of the information that she provides as facts.
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.
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.
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 "al ...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 institutio
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 abl ...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 bus ...more
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 :)
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!
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 son’s 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 rad ...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 wi ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I’m newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and I thought I didn’t have any symptoms, because the doctors only seem to ask about diarrhea, which I didn’t have. After reading this book, I realize there are so many other symptoms that have been ignored by my doctors for so many years! I feel heard!!

Jennifer gives good advice on listening to your body and eating gluten free. She’s also made me consider giving up dairy, as I’ve realized that doesn’t often agree with me. She has a ge
Karinna Dawbin
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having been recently diagnosed with celiac disease I wanted someone's perspective that wasn't a Dr telling me clinically what to do. Jennifer's book definitely did that. I couldn't believe how much I related to her story! I appreciated that a lot. I guess the reason I give 4 stars vs 5 is that somewhere along the way it started to feel like her way to healing was portrayed as the only way to heal. That vibe that I had to follow the same regimine in order to heal turned me off. With that said, sh ...more
Sasha Boersma
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you've been struggling with strange health problems and been given that "you must be a hypochondriac" look from a medical professional, take comfort you are not alone.

Jennifer Esposito takes the reader through her years of feeling and being ill, and her struggles post-diagnoses.

Not the most exciting read if you're looking for a tell-all. Unless you're excited to read about someone else's experience in the health unknown.

Much like reading Shauna Hearn's (Glu
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly helpful for anyone living with celiac disease, autoimmune disease, or severe food allergies. Jennifer's raw, blunt tone gets right to the point, and doesn't leave one second guessing. The first two thirds of the book is Jennifer's memoir about living with celiac disease (before, during and after her diagnosis). The last third of the book is practical information about the disease and how to cope with it. Although the book is specifically related to celiac, anyone suffering from autoim ...more
Sharon Larose
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had a hard time putting it down. When you can relate to something it begins to make you feel like you are a part of something and that you can actually make sense of the happenings in your life past and present. I cried at times because it was hard seeing myself and reliving things and cruel things that had happened to me by professionals. Whether I may have an intolerance or am actually a celiac makes no difference. The experience reading this book can help you understand that all the changes ...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
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has been suffering for the past year from the brain fog and severe stomach pain that only someone with Celiac can understand, this book was exactly what I needed. In reading about Jennifer's journey, I saw so many similarities with my own health issues. She really talks about the variety of symptoms and how difficult it can be to get a diagnosis. The actual recovery isn't as easy as people seem to think and I like that she didn't sugarcoat it. Must read for anyone with gut issues!
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 rea
Amazing book. Open, raw, honest...
As someone who was diagnosed with Hashimoto's and Hypothyroiditis and discovering that there is way more than "just take your pills and you'll feel great", I was thinking about Jennifer's book and yes there it was. In the book, the connection with Celiac and Hashimoto's and other Auto Immune diseases. This book inspires me to go Gluten Free, because for me, just the pills aren't helping.
Thank you Jennifer!
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.
Brandi Christian
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book!!! We are newly diagnosed with celiac disease and this was so eye opening for me as a mom. I was able to pick up on a few things for my daughter and myself. Jennifer is so open about what she went through. I can't thank her enough for sharing everything, no matter how ugly it may have been.
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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
“You have an autoimmune disease, and it’s not pretty, but you can rebuild your life in a new way.” 1 likes
“Gluten-free” is trendy right now, and everything trendy is a source of ridicule, but the fact is, that for some people, giving up gluten isn’t a trend or a fad, and we would love to be able to eat foods containing gluten. But we can’t because of what it will do to us. It will cause serious harm and there is nothing funny about that.” 0 likes
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