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  1. 1

    Mrs. Dude

    I have to admit, I am a very proud mommy!!!
    As I have said before, celiac affects the whole family. When you get glutened, trust me, we ALL get glutened. It is not an easy journey, but it is one I wouldn’t trade for the world.
    I am proud of you everyday! You have inspired me, our family and now our extended celiac community. And by the way, I am extremely grateful for the celiac commuity. It has been the support group I always encouraged you to join.
    We never know what life will bring, but I guess that is half the fun. Thanks for ALL the fun…maybe a little less fun would be nice ;)

    Looking forward to our sushi date night tonight.

    xoxo Mrs. Dude

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      The Gluten Dude

      Mmmmmm….sushi!

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      stew

      Mrs. Dude, lil miss dude
      I already am felling better reading your Duder’s blogs, it means so much to me that someone knows what I go through , I really do feel so alone even though my wife is 200% involved and watches out for me . I wish there was a support group in the area to whine to :0) but thanks to all of you for making me feel better, like there IS a tomorrow.
      Stew

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    David Zaritsky

    Wow…just wow…I am speechless. Dudette, this was amazing and you are wise beyond your years…and quite the talented writer. You truly moved me in reading this…your emotion around the disease but your admiration for your father’s strength and selfless acts around educating the world of this plight is inspiring. I will tell you this though – I know for a fact that your father’s unshakable resolve and spirit springs from YOU and your love for him.

    Thank you for sharing….

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      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks Mr. Z.

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    Melissa

    Oh my gosh! I love Mrs. Dude and Dudette. What an awesome family you have. That’s what this is all about, GD. I have an amazing support system as well. And your little Dudette (is there more than one Dudette?) probably has a sweet little HLA DQ2 or DQ8 gene, so you are all in this together in more ways than one. =) She’s learning the art of peaceful living under “difficult” circumstances from watching you navigate this GF world with grace and humor (and feistiness, I must add).

    Great post and, Dudette — you rock! Plus, you’re smart and cute. Great combo all the way around. =)

    Melissa

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      The Gluten Dude

      Very sweet Melissa…thank you. And yes, there is indeed another Dudette who is 16 and just as wonderful.

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        stew

        Hi Dude
        Teach the lil dudettes well, dude , it IS genetic and may come into their lives at a later date like it did with me , I was blindsided , if they know before , maybe it won’t hit so hard.
        Stew

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    Dawn

    Great job dudette!
    Love the photo too.

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      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks Dawn. That was taken after a fun day in the rain.

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    leah mcgrath

    What a wonderful tribute to you!

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      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks. In my mind, it’s more of a tribute to her (but I’m just a proud papa).

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    J

    Dudette you are so kind, loving, and understanding! You may not be eating gluten free but at least you are aware of the needs of others, especially your Dad’s!

    This post made me get teary eyed! It takes a lot to make me feel that way! I hope one day, if I ever do have children, they are just as intelligent and compassionate of others as you are. Your parents are raising you well!

    Thanks Dudette and Mr. and Mrs. Dude! You sharing your life helps us all and makes us see what true support is all about. Thanks again!

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      The Gluten Dude

      Thank you J!

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    erin

    I love this. Thanks for sharing! You have a special girl there!

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      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks Erin!

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    Wendy

    What a thoughtful, compassionate and caring child you’ve raised. Great job and so good to hear from family members because it does have an impact on the whole unit. Thanks for a glimpse into your very cool family. I hope we get to hear more from the Dudette.

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    Janelle

    To Mrs. Dude and Dudette,

    You are amazing and Gluten Dude is so lucky to have the both of you in his life. While the support of this community is fantastic, there is nothing like support from those you love. Not everyone has that.

    Janelle

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      Erin Smith

      You should be a very proud papa. You have a wonderful little girl there and a great support system!

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        The Gluten Dude

        Indeed I am and indeed I do.

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      The Gluten Dude

      Well said Janelle…thanks!!

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    Jessica

    Aww! This post was very touching, wonderful job Dudette! You are a great writer for only being 13.

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      The Gluten Dude

      I will let her know…thanks!

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    Adrianne Gentleman

    what an amazing daughter you have

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      The Gluten Dude

      :)

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  12. 13

    candice

    Such a beautiful post from your daughter. You should be a proud dad!

    Side note: We must be thinking on the same wavelength, because I just did a perspective post from the view point of my friends.

    Have a wonderful day.

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      The Gluten Dude

      Saw it…loved it.

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    @miss_diagnosed

    Little dudette, I hope when I have kids they are just like you! Your dad is a very lucky man to have you, and your mom! You might eat bagels around him, but nothing is more supportive than your attitude and love for your dad. The fact that you even tried to go gluten-free says a whole lot about what a wonderful person you are. I loved reading this post, thank you so much for sharing with us.

    You go, girl!

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    Lissa

    Luv luv this! Amazing testimony from the innocence of a child!

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      The Gluten Dude

      Well said Lissa.

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    Alissa

    That’s some good parenting right there:) Congrats, Dude, on having such a compassionate and well-spoken kid!

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    futuredoll

    Great job! I know that your Dad loves to read you think he is a inspration to others & your wonder at his everyday ease eating GF.

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    Denise

    Dear little Dudette,

    I have a grandson who is exactly your age. Up until last fall he and his mom lived with his grandpa and me. He knows that when I feel sick is isn’t because he’s done anything wrong. It’s just what is. Most of my family eat gluten….I don’t. I haven’t been able to have gluten for about 25 years now.

    I don’t keep a gluten free kitchen…it isn’t necessary for me. When I was diagnosed, there was no internet or even any support groups. I was on my own. No one scared me into believing I had been chronically glutened. In fact, I know I’m not…..my blood work to check for dietary compliance is very good. My iga and igg antibodies are 0…..meaning I am not getting gluten at all. My ttg is 3…I don’t know what that indicates..I do know that is has to be over 20 to indicate a problem.

    Little Dudette….I do still have problems. it’s from all the years I did eat gluten! It damaged my digestive system permanently! It’s not anyone’s fault! It’s just the way it is…. I’ve had surgery to remove the damaged parts of my colon. I do feel a lot better…not as many sick days. So I hope you see that the reason I don’t feel well sometimes isn’t because someone forgot to wash their hands or gave me a little kiss….it’s because of everything gluten did to me BEFORE I was gluten free.

    The gf food can be a bummer. In the early days, I would not eat if I couldn’t have what everyone else was having….childish…huh? lol…but yes, it’s difficult to eat different than anyone else. It’s a lot easier now….There are so many new gluten free options that I just didn’t have 25 years ago. We do have pizza and bread and bagels. They’re different than regular gluten foods…but they are still good.
    Overall though…everyone should eat healthy foods…not so much junk! Even non celiacs need to eat a healthy diet.

    My husband has type 2 diabetes…..I feel sorrier for him than I feel for myself. He has blood sugar highs and lows that leave him shaking and sweating and very weak. he follows a diet too…supposed to be low carbohydrate. It’s not easy for him. When his sugar gets low, he needs something to eat to boost it up fast. Sometimes he over does it and an hour later his sugar is too high. I know what diabetes is capable of doing to a person….my mom had type 1. She died. Nothing we did could make her blood suger normal….the highs and lows eventually wore out her body.

    There is one good thing about having celiac….I don’t eat gluten at all. My husband still needs to eat some of the very food that makes his sugar high or low. We have to try to figure out every day, just how much of something he should eat and how much exercise he should get to burn up the calories he has taken in….it’s confusing at times. Gluten free is so much easier than that!

    I know your dad is sad and sometimes doesn’t feel well. Hopefully, he will become more comfortable with the diet as the years go by. I don’t much think about what to eat anymore…it’s as automatic to me to grab something gf as it is to you to eat what you need. It’s not a big deal to me anymore. I haven’t cried about food in a very long time! Someday he will make peace with being gluten free too :)

    Oh and a closing thought…when my GI doctor told me what was wrong with me, he told me I would live to be very old as long as I followed the gf diet. I will probably die from old age…. That was reassuring to hear when I was so very sick.

    My family loves me very much and they all do their best to see that I stay gluten free. If I even hint it cheating they tell me off big time! LOL…it’s good to be loved!

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      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks so much for sharing your story Denise.

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    Denise

    Dude…you’re a lucky man…you have a wonderful family!

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    Ann

    wonderful post Dudette!!

    Gluten Dude you have a wonderful supportive daughter!

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    Debbie Slutzky

    I just need a minute to get a tissue and wipe my eyes and blow my nose. Okay. Now I need to take a deep breath. This was truly amazing Dudette! I don’t know if you remember me because it’s been way too long since I’ve seen you – and your mom and Dad. But, I have the same first name as your Mom and we grew up together. Not only do you look EXACTLY like her but you are obviously just as an amazing and caring person as she is. This is an awesome and inspirational blog! Thank you for sharing your life and your thoughts.

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      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks Deb. And yes…it HAS been way too long. Let’s change that.

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    Wendy

    Wonderful post about your Dad and understanding how he and others need to stay gfree and the obstacles we have overcome.

    I think my kids get tired of me reminding them to wash their hands before getting ice. ;)

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      The Gluten Dude

      As do my kids Wendy. The problem is we may get sick but we usually don’t know where or how. So washing hands to a non-celiac may seem like overkill. We know better.

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    Gluten Free Traveller

    Fantastic post! What a supportive, encouraging family you have. :)

    When I have kids I hope they are as understanding as your lovely daughter is!

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      The Gluten Dude

      I have a feeling they will be…

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    Malerie

    What an amazing kid you have gluten dude!!!

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      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks Mal. Miss you guys!

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    Marcia K

    Miss Dudette, I always read your dad’s blog, and the post you wrote today is going to keep me coming back! Tell us more, sometime, about your family’s ability to turn lemons (celiac) into lemonade (a super wonderful family support system)! And the lemonade is gluten free!! Thank you. Your smiles are the best.

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      The Gluten Dude

      The Dudette’s Dad thanks you!!

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    Paula

    OK, so I didn’t think I’d be having tears with my coffee this mornng! Darling Dudette, thanks for sharing your story of living with a dad with celiac. I have non-celiac twin boys living with me too :) I’m sure having you and your sister around makes your dad think less about what he cannot have to eat, and more about how lucky he is to have you two in his life (and Mrs. Mom Dude as well!)

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      The Gluten Dude

      You’d think so, wouldn’t you Paula :0

      (just kidding)

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    Miriam Nunes Vieira Pereira

    Muito bonito o cuidado de sua filha com você. Eu tenho uma filha celíaca e também passamos pelos mesmos problemas de vocês. Vou compartilhar seu blog em nossa comunidade do facebook.

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      The Gluten Dude

      Gracias por compartir. Buena suerte a usted y su hija.

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    Megan

    Wow, this brought tears to my eyes! What a wonderful, touching post. Their is something special between a daddy and daughter. In our family it is my daughter with celiac disease but we help her understand by comparing her “I can’t have gluten” to “Daddy can’t be around horses, dogs or cats” because of allergies and asthma. I think it helps her understand “everyone has something” going on in their life and its more about the positive attitude and approach that makes a difference. Love your blog. Thanks for the great post, Dudette!

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      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks Megan. I always tell me kids “everybody’s got something”. Nobody gets a free ride.

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    IrishHeart

    I am new to your blog, G-Dude, so I am going back and reading some older entries and I have to say….your daughter is a fabulous writer (believe me, I was an English Prof. and she writes better than most college students) :>)

    What a wonderful, loving and intuitive girl.
    I was so touched by her words, maybe because my daddy and I shared a special bond, too.

    You are such a sweet family.
    Someday, she may choose to go GF herself for various reasons, and you are her inspiration. I am sure you have had your girls tested, so I won’t nag. LOL

    Thanks for sharing your family with us.
    IH

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      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks Irish. You just made Dudette’s day.

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    IrishHeart

    and no sooner did I hit send, when I realized I had made a glaring typo hahahaha (Eng. Prof, indeed) LOL

    edit me, willya? should be better than— not then

    I blame it on gluten flashbacks. ha!

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    Claudia

    That kind of support from family is priceless. One day when you graduate from college, get a good career, or the day he walks you to get married, you will remember how wonderful it is to have him as your dad..

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      The Gluten Dude

      Let’s hope so Claudia :)

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    Alexis

    Has your family considered making your house totally GF? We have food with gluten in it in the house, but it’s food my kids take to school for lunch. It rarely gets opened or eaten in the house. Gluten Free on a Shoestring has amazing recipes for almost anything in the baked goods category your family could want. I have adapted all my old recipes to be GF. We have found some awesome GF pastas (Bionaturae and BiAglut) the whole family will eat, and I finally made an easy, and amazingly delicious GF pizza (made with Chebe), that everyone enjoys. My husband takes my girls to get bagels or croissants at least once a week, but they don’t come into my kitchen. Even though I don’t have any symptoms from being glutened, I don’t like being paranoid in my own house. We eat better now than we used to because I cook and bake way more than I ever did in my gluten eating life. No one is feeling deprived. I love when we go to GF bakeries and my family tells me I make better food than they do! :-)
    Love your daughter’s post.

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    Donna

    In reading your “favorite guest post” I came upon this one! I am in awe of your little Dudette! What a wonderful, inspiring, loving (shall I continue?) post this is! You are indeed one lucky man Dude!!!!!!!

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