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  • I woke up this morning hoping no nude photos of mine on iCloud were hacked. The photos, all tastefully done I assure you, are for a new site I’m launching. It’s called Gluten Nude.

    Ok…moving on.

    Watching Mrs. Dude deal with her breast cancer this summer has made me put celiac on the back burner. No matter what I was going through or how I was feeling didn’t seem to matter to me and I started to wonder…”Is celiac that bad?”

    But then I think back to my past six years and I realize…yes, it still sucks.

    Look, we’ll sadly always find someone who is worse off than us. But that does not minimize what the celiac community goes through at times. I was reminded of this via an email last week from a fellow celiac who reached her boiling point and needed a place to vent.

    She also sent...

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  • Hi everyone. Where in the world have you been??

    What’s that? I’m the one that’s been MIA? Oh…in that case, where in the world have I been?

    In a nutshell…to hell and back. But hey…at least I’m back.

    And I’ll be back in full-force next week.

    For now, I just want to give a quick Mrs. Dude update.

    SHE’S DOING GREAT!!!

    She had the double mastectomy last Thursday and was home by Saturday.

    The hospital staff could not have been better. My undying gratitude to everyone who took care of Mrs. Dude.

    The best news? She is cancer free. While they found a bit more in one of her breasts, the lymph nodes were clean! And a big PHEW to that!!

    So now it’s all about healing and moving forward (and paying off the pile of bills sitting next to me.)

    Many thanks to you all for your...

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  • Today (August 21) is mine and Mrs. Dude’s 21st wedding anniversary.

    Our amazing marriage has survived an earthquake (Northridge of 93), bladder cancer, pulmonary embolisms, celiac disease and a host of other stress-inducers. But nothing quite compares to what we are dealing with right now.

    Not only did my first Dudette go off to college three days ago (much more difficult than I expected), but today Mrs. Dude goes in bright and early for her double mastectomy to get rid of this effing cancer once and for all.

    Life is good. It really, really is. Mrs. Dude and I are both blessed with many things to be thankful for. But every once in awhile, I find myself thinking “Really? You’re throwing another thing at us? Go pick on somebody your own size!”

    But I know that’s what life is all about. Everyone’s got their sh*t. It’s how we deal...

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  • So two nights ago, laying in bed thinking about where my life is right now, I had a full panic attack.

    Mrs. Dude going in for major surgery next week. A pile of medical bills that have almost reached the ceiling. My first Dudette going off to her freshman year in college in 5 days.

    It kinda hit me all at once. It wasn’t a pretty sight.

    Yet I woke up the next morning more determined than ever…yet still a little frightened about my near future.

    And then somebody sent me a link to a new product called Glutia…and I smiled…and then that smile turned into laughter.

    What is Glutia you say? Well…it’s kinda like...

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