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    thetxlady

    Brie remember part of a culinary education is being well rounded. Baking is part of that journey because not every kitchen you would work in will be accomidating of illness. Is there a way you could make GF goods in your own kitchen? Besides the selfish thought of I want a good GF eclair recipe, there is getting a culinary education that includes more than another salad

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    Amber

    You have a beautiful attitude and will go far in life!

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    IrishHeart

    Brie said: “I have come to realize that no matter what I do in life and the actions I take, I will always have celiac and I accept it for what it is!! If you spend every day wishing you didn’t have celiac, it becomes more and more difficult to deal with.”

    Brilliant! :) You are wise beyond your years, kiddo!!! Some adults cannot embrace this concept and it makes their lives miserable, unfulfilled and unnecessarily difficult. Celiac should neither define you nor confine you. Good for you!

    I admire your tenacity, your courage and your obvious joy for life.
    I am so glad for you that you are doing what you love. Rock on!

    I see you like good quotes. Here are a few of my favs:

    “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
    ― Anaïs Nin

    “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”
    ― Paulo Coelho,

    and from my fav chef ever:

    “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
    ― Julia Child

    Keep us posted. Cheers!

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    Jennifer

    Thank you for sharing your journey! You are an amazing individual! I have recently discovered the local community college where I live has a culinary program and a restaurant. The group of people I work with love to go out to lunch and sometimes we choose to eat at the culinary school’s restaurant. I always call ahead and talk to them about my needs to give them ample time to prepare a plan for my meal and have never been disappointed. They have a plan in mind when I arrive, present my options to me, and then prepare a spectacular gluten and dairy free meal for me. I can only hope those students who were involved in preparing meals for me will leave with a little more awareness after serving me, which someday will result in more awareness in mainstream restaurants.

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    Kathy

    Hey Brie – Congrats on finding your place in your life with such an amazing attitude and spirit. You are going to go places, and I hope you keep GD updated on all of it. Keep shining! You are already making a difference.
    GD – thanks for that wonderful update. :)

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    Claudia

    Only one word to describe this girl is “Awesome!” Keep up the good work!

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    Andrea F

    What a SweetHeart! Stay positive =)

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    Celiac Mindwarp

    Wow, I would be sooo proud if I was your Mom :)

    With this positive attitude you can do whatever you want to. Most people, including those with far lesser challenges, will never work out what you have about life.

    You are also educating the next generation of chefs in gluten free cooking. Fantastic.

    I wish you every success in everything you choose to do

    Mw

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    Darlena

    My initial reaction to your wonderful letter was “Thank God! A GF chef has been born to take care of all of her GF clients!” I know I would come to your restaurant every week if I could.

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    Bethani Wilde

    Glad to hear all is going well for you! I totally understand being in the kitchen and going to school for the Culinary/Pastry aspect of it all. I went to school for the pastry aspect of it all though. I was around flour, gluten, etc all the time. I constantly washed my hands in the classes and pretty much everyone was understandable for the most part. I have since then graduated but it was a fantastic experience! I hope you love it just as much as I did!

    Bethani

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