This Gluten Free Love Story was lovingly submitted by Tiffany
It never failed. My entire life, no matter what she ate, she always complained of a stomach ache.
She is my sister, Camille.
Camille is 4 years older than me, Tiffany. We grew up with a pretty normal sisterly relationship. Aside from me getting mad and throwing the occasional hair brush at he,r we got along and loved each other. Love has a way of growing and changing and evolving. Even between two sisters.
Thanksgiving was always a real hangover for Camille in regards to her stomach. She LOVED the dressing made from homemade biscuits and cornbread my Grandmother B. made and don’t even mention the homemade chocolate cake.
These were some good times!! Until they weren’t. Until the stomach ache.
We always enjoyed sugar cookies and homemade macaroni and cheese. She always said, “Doesn’t your stomach hurt?” after each time we both seemed to eat 5 or 6 cookies? But no–mine never hurt.
We got older, we had kids, and life takes over. Until a few years ago when she started complaining about not having enough energy or not feeling “right”. Then the weight loss and still more stomach aches.
We should have listened, but food issues run in our family. So what’s a stomach ache now and then for some real sugar-aholics?? Besides she has a stressful career, she has a daughter and a husband she gives all of her time and energy to. The lack of energy is normal in a crazy life!
Camille found out she has Celiac Disease almost two years ago.
We were lucky she found a doctor that helped her. We were lucky we get to keep her. I am lucky to have her.
She has taught me more about true love than any man could ever have. She accepts my faults, she encourages my heart, she makes me feel BRAVE, she feeds my soul, she loves me, she loves her family, and she gets up every day WITHOUT A STOMACH ACHE.
You know what she does now? She tries to spread the word about Celiac Disease to everyone she knows. And so do I.
She may not have wanted Celiac, but she has it. She gives power to the weak when she talks about it.
Love is something you cherish and she cherishes us all—-by talking about Celiac Disease.
SHE is my SISTER–Camille McBride.
I am just the sister that loves her.
Happy Valentines Day!
Gluten Dude–my sister is in the SMU shirt and I am in the Baylor shirt in the first picture. Thank you for your awareness about a disease that I never knew existed.