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  1. 1

    IrishHeart

    You had me at :” bacon & chocolate vodka”
    3 of my favorite foods.

    Actually, that’s not true….you got my attention at : “tube up urethra”
    :(

    Sorry you have to go through this yucky procedure, but ever-so-grateful there is one to monitor your status, my friend. (when I get my entire GI tract –both ways–scoped and biopsied in September, remind me I said this? )

    Focus on your birthday–you are here, alive and kicking–and able to celebrate it and so, I celebrate YOU! Happy birthday, Dude!!!

    I agree–NYC is one of my fave places in the world. I am looking forward to seeing you guys there in August. :)

    Many blessings and many more birthdays to celebrate, GD. xx

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    1. 1.1

      Gluten Dude

      Thanks Irish. Love ya!!

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        Gemini

        If it makes you feel any better, GD, I have a friend whose better half suffered 2 bouts of bladder cancer. As he is older, they have to check him every 3 months! I am really happy you only have to suffer through this once a year. Brave man, you are!

        Go to Risoterria in NY. I was there a month ago and the food is just the best. Fabulous breadsticks, even better risotto and a great selection of gf beers….they even have Green’s.

        Happy Birthday to you and have a wonderful time in the city! : )

        BTW…I do not care a fig about DD’s gf crap. I hate their coffee, never go there and certainly won’t be stopping by to purchase donuts in plastic wrap. Yuck!

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  2. 2

    Bill

    Happy Birthday Gluten Dude! Enjoy NYC with Mrs. Dude.

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  3. 3

    Lisa Mims

    Honestly, I have two thoughts about Dunkin Doughnuts offering something that is gluten-free:

    1.) with every company that does that, I get treated a little less like a pariah when I mention I’m gluten-free–there are still a lot of people who want to tell us, “it’s all in your head.”

    2.) My job requires long drives, and I like to travel. The more this kind of thing happens, the more it’s possible that I can just get-up-and-go in the morning, without having to worry about what I’ll eat that day.

    Do I think we should be eating this? “No.” But, I’m glad they’re doing it.

    (And Happy Birthday!)

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    1. 3.1

      Gluten Dude

      I totally get it Lisa and many, many celiacs share the same view. That’s what makes the world go round; ;)

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  4. 4

    Shelley

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy! Good luck today.

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    Janelle

    That video! Hahahahahah my fiancés birthday was yesterday, can’t wait to show him. Sorry about the tube. :( Have a wonderful birthday reflecting and celebrating. You have a lot to be grateful for!

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    1. 5.1

      Gluten Dude

      Indeed Janelle…indeed. Thanks And Happy Bday to the future Mr. Janelle.

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        Janelle

        Mr. Janelle. I like that. I like that a lot.

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    Gill

    I love your posts … Happy Birthday and thank you for giving me a gift on your birthday!

    This is my mantra too:
    “I don’t want to feel “normal”. I want to feel good”.

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    1. 6.1

      Gluten Dude

      Thanks Gill. That may go on my tombstone.

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        IrishHeart

        that sounds better than the quote I had picked out a few years ago for mine:

        “I TOLD you as$$#@*es I was sick!”

        :) :)

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  7. 7

    Claudette

    Happy birthday, Dude – from another member of the joint cancer-celiac club! I get the whole reflection thing… I will celebrate my first post-cancer birthday (44) this August so I’m sitting right where you’re at. When you’re in NYC, if you’ve never been to Risotteria, make sure you get there. (I recommend the red velvet cupcakes.)

    The only thing I have to say about the Dunkin Donuts move is that since nothing there should be a regular habit (except for, perhaps, the black coffee), the fact that it’s still adulterated unnatural sh*t doesn’t bother me. But yeah… the “trend” thing. If hipster-trendies put as much effort into whole-eating as we celiacs put into eliminating gluten, there would be no need for “trend” diets and we might be taken more seriously as a group. My thoughts for what they’re worth.

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    1. 7.1

      Gluten Dude

      I wish you continued healing.

      I will try to stop at Risotteria tomorrow. Have heard great things about it.

      Your thoughts are ALWAYS appreciated on the blog!!

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  8. 8

    Kathy

    Happy Birthday! !

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  9. 9

    Melissa

    Happy birthday, GD. You know I think there’s a link with the bladder cancer diagnosis and celiac, so it warms my heart to hear you’re keeping yourself healthy and up-to-date on check, check, rechecks. I’m also thrilled to see you summitting the soapbox regarding Dunkin’ Donuts. No, no, no. I don’t care about the convenience factor, etc., that stuff is poison. No one should be eating DD, especially people with digestive disorders. But, each to their own. BTW, Pure Food and Wine in NYC is awesome. My daughter (she also has celiac) and I went there before heading to the Barclay Center in Brooklyn for the first stop of the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary tour. We had a blast. Yes, life is good, especially when you make the effort to feel good.
    Sending happy birthday wishes your way.
    Melissa
    PS: Looking forward to the end of the “bacon in everything” phase. How about beet infused vodka? Much healthier.

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    1. 9.1

      IrishHeart

      I know this is you, Melissa…’cuz you said “BEETS”! ;) xx

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        Melissa

        Oh my gosh, you’ve figured me out, Irish Heart! =) I laughed out loud at your comment.

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          IrishHeart

          Honey, you’ll always be the very wise beet lady to me. :)

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  10. 10

    Alisha @ Gluten Free Perspective

    Just wanted to see happy birthday!! Your blog has been a HUGE source of information as I navigate my first year with celiac disease.

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  11. 11

    Adalaide

    Happy Birthday Dude! Hope you can at least sort of enjoy the rest of your time in the city.

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  12. 12

    Theresa

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY—- Hope you and your wife have a great time.

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  13. 13

    Suzanne

    Happy birthday, and huge round of applause for taking care of yourself and following up your bladder cancer regularly. I can relate to your procedure as I am an OR nurse and have been in many urologic procedures. My fun was getting yet another colonoscopy this year:)
    Hang in there!

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  14. 14

    Jersey Girl

    Dude-

    Happy Birthday. Drink heavily and don’t worry that you may be ejecting glass from a place it should never be.

    Cheers!
    Jersey Girl
    ——————————————————————————-
    Dwight: [After he didn’t tip the sub man] Why tip someone for a job I’m capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can, and do, cut my own hair. I did, however, tip my urologist, because I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones.
    “The Office”
    ——————————————————————————–

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  15. 15

    Sandra Rowland

    Happy birthday!

    I agree with you that it is just a donut! Of course I have never liked donuts so I don’t see what the fuss is all about.

    Now her is a link to what I consider the best birthday song. Have fun!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coIv4gwXlIo

    Sandra

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  16. 16

    Aloha Julie

    Happy Birthday GD! Sorry to hear about your procedure today. However, your quote from one of your urologists is a hoot. “I love penises.” Thanks for a good laugh this morning.

    Thanks for all your work informing as many as you can about our debilitating disease. And thanks for not giving up, we need you!

    If you drink enough Harvester beer, you may not feel any of that glass.

    My best to you from Aloha land.

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    1. 16.1

      Claudette

      Whoa… that makes me think about all my my breast cancer specialists… …o_O

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        IrishHeart

        …great…….and now, I have this thought about my GYN….

        lol

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  17. 17

    IrishHeart

    I am back! :) okay….donuts got me thinking and so, here is a birthday song from someone who is probably very happy about the new GF DDonuts

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CXE-7epeOU

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  18. 18

    Anna

    Hey Dude, serious question: do you drink any and all vodka? I’ve read conflicting things about vodka and have always just stayed away from it. Any advice?!
    P.s. happy birthday? Hope you have a great day with your family.

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    1. 18.1

      IrishHeart

      Anna,
      I am sure the Dude will answer you as soon as he is back from
      his sojourn to NYC for his doctor visit and his Bday celebration, but I can honestly say this to you in the meantime:

      Vodka is safe for people with celiac and gluten intolerance
      I would not steer you wrong, I promise.
      :)

      I drink distilled spirits and wine and I am considered by my Gastro Doctor be a “sensitive celiac” -meaning– I will have an adverse reaction to trace gluten–and no distilled spirits have ever bothered me (gluten-wise)

      From the Univ. of Chicago Celiac Center

      “Are distilled beverages made with a prohibited grain (wheat, rye, barley) safe for celiacs?

      Only specific gluten-free beers (Bard’s Tale, New Grist, Green’s, Redbridge, to name a few) are appropriately gluten free. As for pure spirits, (vodka, gin, scotch), the distillation process makes these beverages safe because the protein is removed. However, flavored spirits may contain malt, and should be avoided.”

      hope this helps!

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  19. 19

    Sara

    Happy Birthday Gluten Dude. Thanks for keeping it real.

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    Adalaide

    So this morning before I headed off to my own appointment I wrote an entire epic post, hit the button and got an error and the whole thing was lost. And there was much swearing in my house.

    Anyway… I hope everything goes well with your appointment and that you enjoy the rest of your stay in NYC. And that you enjoy the whole rest of your year. :D

    I have mixed feelings about the donut myself. I don’t think it is healthy, especially with the number of ingredients in it. That said, I do think that they made a step in the right direction (unlike some other places who attempt gluten free) by making and packaging the donut in a gluten free facility. And DD isn’t responsible for the headlines full of “trend this” and “bandwagon that” that make them look like dumbasses to us. They’re making an honest effort that will keep some 5 year old from feeling excluded this summer, or let some teenager just go hang out with their friends favorite hangout instead of staying home because they can’t take one more time watching everyone indulge. No, it isn’t good for us but neither are donuts at all. (I say this as someone who discovered donuts locally a week ago and am as excited as a 2 year old who just found out how to get into the cookie jar. LOL!)

    Lastly, bacon & chocolate vodka? There are moments that I really wonder why I don’t drink any more. This morning reading that was one of those moments.

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    1. 20.1

      Claudette

      Well stated (as usual), Adalaide.

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  21. 21

    Jewel's Cupcake Shop

    Happy Birthday! I really appreciate your take on things. I love dry humor. Wish I could bake you a cake!

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    1. 21.1

      Claudette

      If you can figure out to ship it, he’d probably accept it. Or does that go only for beer?

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  22. 22

    Jess

    Happy belated birthday Dude! I am just seeing this now. Hope that your procedure went well, and that you enjoyed fine dining in NYC (everytime I travel there I feel like I am in Celiac heaven because there are so many Celiac options!) I’ll pass on buying you a dozen DD GF donuts…
    Jess

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  23. 23

    Molly (Sprue Story)

    Hm, I wouldn’t have pegged you for a Cancer. Here’s my post for gluten-free Cancers; you can decide for yourself whether the stars got it right. Regardless…happy belated birthday!

    I 100% agree the “trend” coverage of Dunkin’ Donuts is obnoxious, but I still think it’s cool that they’re doing it. Wish they’d gone in for my favorite chocolate-chip muffin instead of blueberry, though (guess they didn’t want to sacrifice the single ingredient that actually can be considered good for you). Adalaide—really well put.

    I hope everything went okay with your procedure and that you had (or are still having?) a fantastic time in the city.

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    1. 23.1

      Claudette

      If truth be told, depending, the chocolate (if dark) might be healthy too… ha ha ha!

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      1. 23.1.1

        Molly (Sprue Story)

        That’s right! How could I forget? Clearly I should be eating healthy chocolate-chip muffins every day. ;)

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          IrishHeart

          …..for some reason, I have a craving ……….for chocolate chip muffins…

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          Adalaide

          Now this is a trend that I could get behind! If I put flax in my muffins I get to call them health food and eat two a day right?

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            Molly (Sprue Story)

            Yes, and if they have flax AND dark chocolate, you get three.

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  24. 24

    Gluten Dude

    Thanks all for your wishes. Test came out clean. Had a great weekend. It’s ALL GOOD.

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    1. 24.1

      IrishHeart

      WHOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!

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  25. 25

    Camille

    So glad to hear the tests came back clean!!!! And happy belated birthday – I for one, am incredibly blessed because you were born! :)

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    1. 25.1

      Gluten Dude

      Means a lot to me Camille…thanks.

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    Adalaide

    I have a horrible admission to make. I was watching cartoons last night and the news comes on right as they are over. I always turn the news off because it is too damn depressing but caught the beginning headlines. Apparently we are getting a DD up in SLC. I immediately squealed with delight. Then I remembered that I don’t eat donuts or drink coffee anymore. :( I know I’m healthier but it is mildly depressing that something this exciting happens after it has no real meaning for me. (My husband fears I’ll fall off the wagon and start driving an hour for coffee every day! :D )

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