What? You were expecting a post about why I’m thankful I have celiac disease?
I’m thankful for a lot of things in my life…having celiac is not one of them.
But there has been a silver lining in this disease. It has put me in touch with a number of people who have enriched my life. I feel at home in this community and it’s time to give some thanks to some special people.
Dude note: These types of blog posts are dangerous because there will always be people I meant to include that I just zoned out about. My apologies in advance…you know who you are.
Special thanks to…
For bringing our cause to the public eye. For being a face behind our disease. For being so passionate. For opening a gluten-free bakery so people can feel welcome and safe. For opening your heart to Mrs. Dude and myself. For being a friend.
For being an incredible voice on this blog on days when I cannot (and even when I can). For your amazing celiac knowledge. For telling the truth…no matter how much resistance you may get. For your humor. For our snarky behind-the-scenes conversations.
For being my celiac confidante. For understanding, and not judging, when I advised that celiac perhaps is nothing to celebrate. For a friendship that, even though we’ve never met and we’re 2000 miles apart, means tons to Mrs. Dude and I.
For being a beast. For bringing some well-needed levity to our disease. For laying out straight how crappy celiac can be.
For your advocacy. For pushing so hard on behalf of all celiacs for the FDA guidelines. For everything else you bring to this community.
For being another male voice in this female-dominated community. For educating restaurants on how to do gluten-free right. For the good conversation and cocktails at the NJ expo.
For welcoming me to the Simply Gluten Free magazine family. For the opportunity to give my voice a larger audience. For making my upcoming article the main cover story (just kidding).
For creating your gluten-free labels to help your fellow celiacs avoid cross-contamination. For sharing your celiac story with me…still amazes me. For being local, so I can actually talk to a fellow celiac in person.
This community wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all of you. Mere words cannot express my gratitude for all you bring to not only this blog, but to my life.
I said at the beginning of this post that I’m not thankful I have celiac disease. Perhaps that’s not completely true. Everything happens for a reason. And my life has been enriched because of all of you.
I will keep doing what I can to be the best possible advocate I can be. Please keep bringing your passion, your knowledge, your humor, your honesty. Without you, there is no Gluten Dude and for that, I am forever grateful.
Have a safe Thanksgiving folks. Gobble, gobble.