Your Words of Kindness

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On days when life gets me down and maybe I don’t feel like being an advocate, I come to this page and smile a big smile. Yes, I’m helping you. But YOU are also helping ME. That’s what community is all about. Here are some of your kind words.

I’ve been gluten free for over a year and your blog was the first one that made me feel normal for a celiac. Thanks for that!

Donna   

One of your blogs appeared in the middle of a sea of the usual B.S. and feel-good nonsense about celiac and gluten that is all over the Internet. What a relief to find what you are doing here. I can't believe it. Finally!

Carol   

As a direct result of your educational sharing and awareness raising efforts, I am confident that the health of countless lives have already been drastically improved. Best wishes and most importantly, THANK YOU hero!

Chuck   

Thank you for keeping me educated and uplifted….. You have helped me become a better mom

Stephanie   

I applaud you, Gluten Dude, for giving us Celiacs a place where we can chat, complain, celebrate and laugh at our all too real struggles.

Christen   

I just wanted to thank you for hosting such an open, honest, funny, sad, wonderful forum where all of us Celiacs can laugh, cry, commiserate, share, and gain some support in dealing with this disease.

Courtney   

You are like tonic to the gut, bubbling with humorous dialogue to cure the sad soul of any celiac needing attention. I am lifted from my moody mornings into hope for our future in a healthy community as I read your lines and the comments they generate.

Elizabeth   

I came across your Blog today and you had me in tears!!!! Tears of recognition that other people go through these frustrations, tears of laughter through understanding and tears of pain as I go through all of your contributors rants and rages!!! THANK YOU!

Trinidad   

Gluten Dude…….your blog has given me so much info when I started on this gluten-free journey a year and a half ago. It’s been rough, but with others sharing what they go through, and how they deal with it, it has made that road easier! Thank you for always giving us information, sharing your experiences, and generally helping us all feel that we aren’t crazy!!! I appreciate you, Dude!!! Keep up the good work.

Lisa   

Your website and the Gluten Dude community you have brought together is so POSITIVE and crucial for my health and happiness and knowledge and celiac confidence! Thank you.

Camille   

Your take on things is amazingly refreshing. I learn more from you than from the dozens (hundreds?) of other gluten free blogs on a regular basis. You done good, Dude!

Ellen   

I know I can’t wallow and feel sorry for myself forever but I literally bawled my eyes out reading your blog because someone finally was being honest and understood and wrote the truth. So thank you so much!

Elizabeth   

You and your site have saved me from the nut house! It was such a relief to hear other voices and experiences from people I could relate to. Struggling through health issues and trying to eat gluten free can make a person feel a tad…alone. This community makes a person feel like they are apart of a larger family. Your time and effort is truly appreciated!

Jennifer   

You were a life line for me when I was bewildered, brain foggy and ...sick. Thank you.

Cynthia   

You have made me laugh and cry and everything in between and I'm only two weeks into your blog!!!

Rachael   

My husband has Celiac disease and your blog is a life saver. Everything you discuss is so spot on. Thank you for all the insight, humor, and perfectly worded content that your blog provides. Is that wrong that we want to be friends with you and your wife (who also seems super cool)?

Nichole   

Thank you! I am just starting month three of a gluten free lifestyle after finally being diagnosed with celiac disease and your blogs have helped to educate me (and my family) and put things in perspective.

Jennifer   

I would just like to say a big thank you to you, and all of those who comment on the blog. Together you have all educated, made me mad, made me cry and most importantly, made me feel like I'm not alone in all this.

Shari   

I am ever so grateful to have found your site. Your frustrations, humor and encouragement have already helped me tremendously to carry on.

Anon   

Like John Lennon coaxing Prudence from her room, the Gluten Dude asks other celiacs to come out and play. With acerbic wit, candor and a touch of rebellion, he's sharing his journey and he's enticing the celiac community to do the same.

Kim   

Gluten Dude, you really have impacted our two year ride with Celiac Disease. You reflect such a realistic view on this disease......while no one else understands, you and the people who gather here, make me feel just a little bit less crazy! THANK YOU!!!

Rachel   

Gluten Dude…you have touched so many lives and you have a way of making anyone who finds your blog to feel so understood and a part of a welcoming and supportive community.

Kristin   

I just had to write and tell you how much I appreciate your blunt honesty and fighting voice in the celiac community. While I might not suffer with it, it has been an eye opener to read about just a fraction of what your intimate community faces each and everyday. Hearing the stories and the battles you all have had to face has made me an advocate and given me a desire to fight for you all.

Faye   

Thank you for all your struggles and your fight for us celiacs. You have given me a better outlook to living with celiac.

Soccoro   

If you would have told me 18 months ago how blessed I would be by stumbling onto Gluten Dude’s blog one frustrated day – I would have laughed and said “no way”. Now, I sit here reading all these names I have grown attached to and think “HOW WOULD I DO IT WITHOUT THEM?” Their stories resonate with me and I don’t feel like the odd woman out.

Camille   

Being a "baby" celiac patient (almost 3 months now)...and finding this website has been EXTREMELY helpful to me. The seriousness, the comedy, the information, all of it has helped me transition as smoothly as possible.

Brenda   

Great blog. I have a coeliac teen and your stuff is perfect for her, a balance of info and fun. Plus she loves anyone who will take a shot at a Kardashian :) Way to make being a coeliac cool. Thank you!

Lisa   

Thank you for your blog, your bravery, for sharing all the personal parts of your life that sometimes drive you to the brink of insanity. Thank you for creating a place where I can go to find comfort and solace when I am sick of explaining my disease. Please don't ever stop sharing your stories.

Rachel   

The morning after I found out I have Celiac Disease, I went to your site for comfort. I laughed and cried because this was where I felt connected. I thank you so much; YOU and Mrs. Dude have helped me cope better than anyone.

Christine   

Thank you SO much! Your blog is wonderful; it is such a huge relief to know that you (as well as your followers and guest bloggers) actually understand. It really means so much!

Kris   

This is the best Celiac blog I have found. When I just want to scream from frustration, this is the place I come to find joy, peace, positive thinking, sarcasm, laughter, frustration and the will to keep moving forward and to know I have another day of healing behind me.

Camille   

Thanks for the balanced approach, whether it is funny, sad, angry, silly or loving. We have all been through the emotional roller coaster. I look forward to hearing the real voices of the folks who comment here. You bring out the best in all of us! Thanks Dude!

GF Mom   

I just want to say that I discovered you about 5 months ago & you have quite literally changed my life. You and your site, along with all the fantastic people who follow you, have educated me in ways you could never know. Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Jo   

I just wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog. I have been diagnosed 10 years....and THIS is what I've been missing.

Kristen   

Every search for a GF food kicked me to a blog, somehow, some way. Your GD site captured my my attention. It was the first non-flowery, realistic and relatable information I saw. Translation: You made no attempt to blow smoke up my shorts about how awesome it is to be a celiac.

Lynn   

This blog has helped me a TON! I live in a very rural area with no local resources for Celiacs. Reading Gluten Dude’s blog has helped me feel “normal” – it isn’t a happy disease. I appreciate someone speaking honestly and from the heart about the down and dirty of celiac.

Tammy   

God heavens, you are amazing. This site just turned my day around.

Alison   

I am so glad I found your website; it has me feel like I'm not alone or 'making thing's up'. Plus it has made laugh, cry & kept me sane so far. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!

Jo   

Thank you for your blog, which brings a sense of sanity to my chaotic world! It is wonderful to know we are not alone and that we can have like-minded people who can say straight up that having celiac disease sucks.

Amber   

This place feels to me the same way walking into the back door of my childhood home does...acceptance and understanding from my people!

Camille   

I found you earlier today and I have not laughed and cried so much in one night ever. Thank you so much for what you do!

Christal   

I had to let you know how much help your blog has been in getting my husband to understand better what it is like to have Celiac. For the first time in 14 years I found a place where I feel “normal”. Thanks GD.

Deb   

I am grateful to bloggers like you for putting some humour into the coeliac discussion. Thanks for your blog, and for making it a little bit cooler to be a coeliac.

Lisa   

I just found your website and I wanted to say thanks! Your posts are the most relatable to my own journey that I have found. I really appreciate the time you put in to help your fellow Celiacs.

Jess   

I absolutely love your blogs and hearing new peeps stories and lessons. It helps so much! Someone get this dude a badge, a certificate, hell something for all that he does! He is one SuperGlutenDudeman!

Kristen   

You have brought us laughter, information and a safe place to rant and vent. You have created a place where we can let it all hang out, and just be ourselves. We all know there is worse than this. But sometimes we just need to be in the company of fellow travelers along this road. You gave that to us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You changed the journey for me.

Joyful   

Thank you for all you do to help those of us struggling with this disease! It is reassuring to hear I am not alone from someone who finds good and bad in your experiences. You help in ways the Dr.'s and textbooks can't.

Andrea   

Your blog has made me feel understood for that I say THANK YOU

Rene   

Thank you for your website! It is so nice to not be alone through all of this. Your writing is amazing. I was diagnosed with Celiac a few months ago after feeling horrible for 20 years and doctors never knowing what was wrong. Thanks again for all your posts and being a voice for us Celiacs! You've given me some hope.

Amanda   

Your latest post is why my son wants to be Gluten Dude when he grows up.

Denise   

Living gluten free is a tough life to live and I think the reality of it that you portray on your blog helps those of us who still struggle with it. Keep up the good work.

Laura   

Keep rockin’ Gluten Dude. You are changing the world for us.

Laura   

I want to thank you for everything that you have done to make me feel more comfortable about eating gluten-free. This website has made a significant impact on me. I don't feel so alone anymore and even though living with this disease will never be easy, this website makes it somewhat bearable. It makes me feel better that there are others that feel all of the emotions and symptoms that I do. I will forever be grateful for people like you and the rest of the amazing gluten free community. THANK YOU!

Hannah   

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can't say it enough. Your knowledge and honesty is like a life raft in an unknown and terrifying ocean.

Jess   

The blogs, comments and links from you and others in this community have given me much of my life back. Thank you!

Mary   

Thanks 4 putting into words what many celiacs feel!

Celiac Corner   

Thanks for your great blog and articles and just everything you do. You bring a bit of hope to my life whenever I feel down and out or tired (which happens a lot).

Maddie   

Finding this website was like walking into a house full of old friends and family for me.

Shane   

I want to thank you for being so honest and supporting a gluten free community that uses their knowledge and power for the good of the community. You are fighting the good fight sir and I appreciate you more than my words can really say.

Alicia   

When I read this blog, it makes me smile and although I wish everyone healing, energy and recovery - it is just so nice to feel normal for a few minutes every day! Thank you, thank you!

CMC   

I must say that reading what you and my fellow celiacs have to say makes me feel better...less isolated and frustrated. The support on this page is so good for me. Thank you all so much!

Denise   

You just made me weep in the frozen food aisle of the grocery store while I wait for yet another prescription for our ever-sickly children! Thank you Dude!!!! You rock!

Rachael   

There are people in the Gluten Dude community with fantastic knowledge that has helped me a lot and I've only been reading the Dude's blog for a couple weeks. It's an awesome place.

Chelse   

I'm at work right now crying while reading your site. I blame you and thank you at the same time. I'm glad to meet a sane individual in the same boat as me. Finally a place where I'm not viewed as 'weird' or 'fanatic' about food. OMG I can exhale.

Cassandra   

Thank you for your efforts in our community. It makes a ginormous difference to me to have an outspoken, educated and funny voice here on this p-o-s gluten-free roller coaster. I'm just overly and completely impressed by you.

Karen   

You are aaawesome!!! I found your site today and I have literally spent the whole day reading it. I learnt some things that months of online trolling for information has failed to teach me... so thank for the effort that you put into your words; they are short, to the point and funny.

Maya   

As the father of a celiac daughter, I absolutely look forward to reading your blog-word-by-word. Every one. You've got such a talent for storytelling, infectiously. Firm, witty and honest.

FM   

Thank you for your blog. It gives me so much strength whenever i am hurting. You are a shining light.

M   

You make me smile, you make me cry, and you make me mad. But, most of all, you make me grateful that I don’t have to figure this all out on my own.

Darlena   

I have met so many wonderful people on your blog including YOU! Thank you for all the hard work and energy you put into making this a place with lots of good information, lots of good people and lots of laughter!

Camille   

I Googled “fuck celiac” and found my way to your blog. Thanks for blazing the trail. My life is better for your efforts.

Sophie   

I just want to say that you rock. I ended up staying up most of the night reading your 100 blog posts... Good Stuff. I am definitely sharing with family and friends that tend to not fully get it.

Telle   

Dude…Where the hell have you been all my life? Kudos and thanks for all that you do.

Kim   

This blog just stopped me from going over the edge. Thank you!

Joan   

Gluten Dude, we are here b/c you have helped us all, made us laugh and we know we are not alone. Thank you.

Julie   

You help people feel less lost/angry/scared/sad. You certainly do help, educate and have me laughing like crazy. You make a huge difference by bringing us all together in this celiac/coeliac “family”. Thank you for doing what you do.

Tracy   

I come to this blog to feel understood.! It’s nice knowing that there are other people who feel exactly the way I do about Celiac Disease!

Jill   

Thanks Gluten Dude. You rock. You are a hilarious breath of fresh air when I feel like no one (except my mom) understands.

Brit   

I want to thank you, Gluten Dude, for creating a safe and welcoming forum. I'm not alone out here and for that I am grateful.

Sue   

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20 Comments

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    vmorelli

    Thank you so much for your blogs!! They are interesting, inspiring and at times funny! My 12 year old loves your blogs!! In all seriousness you have inspired me to do my own website so that I can seek out parents who has a child or children with Celiac so that my daughter can meet with another child her age to speak with. I look everywhere but in our town there is none for families so I decided to start my own.

    At work I met with the Humanitarian Counsel (they do a lot of charity work) and our company is going to raise money to purchase gluten free can and dry goods for the food pantry.. This is just the beginning!! There’s still a lot of work to do, thank you sooo much :)

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      Gluten Dude

      Awesome, awesome, awesome!

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    Janet

    My initial symptoms were not like what most celiacs convey. For 3 months it felt as if I had a loaf of bread stuck in my chest and I would frequently choke on my food and have difficulty swallowing. The pressure in my chest became worse, so I consulted a cardiologist thinking the discomfort was my heart. After a thorough check the cardiologist sent me to a gastro doctor because he thought it was an esophogeal condition. 12 hours later I was undergoing an endoscopy and it came back stage 4 celiac.
    I am a flight attendant, so balancing what I can and cannot eat has been a nightmare. Gluten free I no longer choke or cough, but I do suffer from gas and bloating, which is tons of fun working on an airplane!

    JJ

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    Emmilia

    I have just been reading your site for the first time thanks to one of my sons that saw it while on facebook and notified me. I really like it. Keep up the good work.

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    Kimberly Kuehl

    Kim64
    I just read a few of your wonderful thank you blogs. This is the first blog I have ever used and there are really no words to say how thankful I am for you, your honesty, sense of humor and I could go on……I feel like I’m part of society again, which is amazing! Kim Kuehl

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    Gail Dylewski

    I read your latest Gluten Dude regarding Thanksgiving stuffing…Glutino has come out with a Corn Bread Gluten-free Stuffing…which I spoke with them about on the phone…:yes…you can put the stuffing mix in the cavity of the bird…doesn’t have to be cooked in a baking pan as the directions suggested. I tried it already…in a couple of cornish hens….since I’m saving the Big Guy (aka Turkey) for Thanksgiving. The stuffing came out delish….. I am thankful this Thanksgiving for being diagnosed with Celiac Disease and not cancer like I thought I had! I faithfully follow my gluten-free diet and I am healthier than I have ever been…my Diabetes which is diet controlled-has responded favorably to being gluten-free…the fasting sugars and A1C have dropped…and my fibromyalgia pain is gone! And I also am thankful this thanksgiving for you :Gluten Dude” for making me feel connected with the world….and not an out cast. You are a grand support system…and keep up the good work; we need you!
    Gail

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    Ryan Milton

    I was diagnosed with celiac 2 weeks ago. I just found your blog and I swear, you=me. Beer, and all, I have been shocked at what I can’t have. I’m not yet 40. I have been to the grocery store and like you reported, I basically cried down every aisle of “No.”

    I’ve been throwing out food left and right. Crying. Throwing out disgusting Gluten-free “bread” that I baked.

    Thanks
    Ryan

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      Gluten Dude

      It gets easier…I promise. I go find yourself some New Planet beer and indulge. Cheers!

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    Jennifer

    I thank you too! I felt like I was drowning in a sea of crazy…and no one around understood. Even loved ones struggled to understand since no one knew anything about being a celiac. Since I’ve found your blog, I look forward to every post and rant. It’s the first email I read when I get mail. What a great online community too! Awesomeness!

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      Gluten Dude

      Thanks Jennifer…glad we’re helping.

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    Danielle

    Thank you so much for this blog! My family is extremely judgmental when it comes to my eating issues, and for a 16 year old brought me to tears countless times because they have had to go out of their way and buy things for me they don’t have to for my other siblings. You’re blog gives me hope, along with good tears that are continuing as I type this. Thankyou!

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    Kimba

    I am so happy to have found this website! I’ve been diagnosed for over 10 years and have yet to put a more than 30 gluten free days together. And i am a nurse practitioner- i should know better! The symptoms are getting worse (Surprise

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    Jennifer

    I am really glad to have found this site. I was only recently diagnosed in January of this year. It is exhausting explaining why Celiac is not a diet fad. It is more than avoiding gluten (wheat), rye or barley. The list is so long. Dealing with cross-contamination can be daunting at times. I had my numbers checked this past June. The doctor ordered another biopsy (6 months earlier than expected). He could not believe how fast my numbers came down. The biopsy should much improvement. I credit the quick improvement to my obstinacy for diet restriction and the support of my daughter. Also my ability to ignore the disbelievers and not be tempted to give in. Thanks again! I look forward to navigating your site. I haven’t seen any posts since February but hope that there is more activity in the future.

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    Megan

    I just wanted to say thank you so so much.
    I haven’t read much of your website yet but it has already made me feel a millions times better, your honesty and approach to it all has made me feel alot more relaxed about this all. At the minute, my doctors keep fobbing me off but its nice to know I am not the only one in this position and there is help out there.
    Thank you, I feel I will be relying on your website so much.
    What a lifeline, thank you!

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    Deb

    I had to let you know how much help your blog has been in getting my husband to understand better what it is like to have Celiac. I have had a diagnosis for 14 years and am still finding new ways to get glutened. Recently, I found out one of those ways was coming from my husband! He just wasn’t being careful enough. I love your wit, so I share your blog with my “like witted” husband. Because of how you write your blog, and I would venture to say because you are a “dude” Celiac, my husband has really done a turnaround, both in showing support and in keeping his gluten away from my space. I look forward to every post from this blog. For the first time in 14 years I found a place where I feel “normal”. Thanks GD.

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      Gluten Dude

      Glad to be of assistance!!

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    Cari

    Gluten dude,
    I don’t have celiac disease, but I am writing a thesis on gluten. I chose this topic because I would like to know the truth about gluten. I am hoping some people that DO NOT have celiac disease will reply on how their bodies have reacted to a non-gluten diet. Is there anyone out there willing to help me?

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