May is Celiac Awareness Month
Today starts the beginning of Celiac awareness month. There are so many wonderful resources online to learn and discover what Celiac is. Here are a few links: www.celiac.org , www.beyondceliac.org, www.celaicsupportassociation.org
It is not an allergy. It is not a trend. It is definitely not hipster. It is not a preference. Trust me, I do not prefer to eat cardboard pizza, crumbly bread, no croissants, no Guiness, and have to worry if a crumb from someone’s delicious gluten has touched my food. Yes, Celiac is an autoimmune disease. Yes, one crumb can make me sick. Yes, I am sorry it is a pain for me to ask questions if I come over for dinner. Yes, I feel bad not eating food at places if I am not sure it’s safe. Yes, I feel sad because people worry and sometimes find it to hard to have me over for food. Yes, I would rather go without food until I have something safe to eat and enjoy your company, friendship and a glass of wine or cup of coffee. If you have a family member or friend with Celiac disease, try to remember that we are used to dealing with food issues. Most of us carry food with us. We would rather enjoy the people in our lives than worry about whether or not we can eat the pizza. Most of us would not be offended if you asked us to bring a gluten free dish to the party so you don’t have to worry, or even bring our own food. Family, Friends and relationships matter so much more than stress over food.
We travelled over the weekend to our friend’s birthday party. It was a wonderful time. Lots of laughter, dancing and great conversations. Maybe some wine too 🙂 We went out to eat twice and both times my food came back as gluten found on my Nima tester. I was super thankful that I have the Nima because we were on a boat with 30 other people and had I eaten the food, the bathroom situation for the rest of the day would not have been fun. I had food packed in my purse incase this happened so I was not sad to pass up on the restaurant food. Sometimes I feel like Mary Poppins with magically appearing snacks from my bag. I would not miss hanging out with friends, celebrating birthdays, coffee and girl talk and especially boating over a couple of meals.