I am doubly blessed when it comes to family life. I was raised in a pretty cool family with three older brothers and parents who held their act together just long enough to raise four respectable adults. And now I am the husband of a woman who I love more than life itself and I get to raise two daughters of my own who I have watched in amazement as they have become young adults.
Yes…after growing up in a male-dominate household, I’m now surrounded by women and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you read my blog (bless your little hearts), you know them as Mrs. Dude and the Dudettes.This is our celiac story....
I am always impressed/amazed at people who want to sign up with the military to defend our country, putting themselves at risk to serve the greater good. There is no bigger sacrifice.
And with our country’s dubious history of getting involved or starting wars that are questionable at best, it’s even more impressive.
But did you know that if you have celiac disease, you cannot enroll in the military? But if you are already enrolled and THEN you get diagnosed, it’s not an issue. Yeah…I know…it makes no sense.
Read the below email I received from someone whose military dreams were shattered due to a diagnosis of celiac disease. Here’s a guy who busted his ass; who wanted nothing more that to follow in his family’s footsteps. And he got shot down because of our disease.
Part of me gets it. How can they accommodate someone with celiac food-wise especially...
Big things are happening with Jennifer Esposito and her company, Jennifer’s Way. Big things for her and just as importantly, big things for the celiac community.
Many of these things are of the “to be announced” variety, but there is one item I do want to share with you.
She has a new book coming out in May called “Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease — What Doctors Don’t Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again”.
Mrs. Dude and I had the privilege of getting an advanced copy and it is simply an amazing read. She writes with passion. She writes with humor. And boy oh boy does she write with honesty.
If you’re looking for a Hollywood tell-all, this ain’t the book for you.
But man if you want to read about someone who has been to celiac hell and back, you’ll want to...
We don’t owe anybody any explanation of why we eat gluten-free. It’s our life. It’s our body. It’s our health.
It’s what we do to thrive and survive.
Yet with the fad diet in full force, I know some in our community feel the need to say “Hey, I’m not gluten-free cause I WANT to be. I’m gluten-free cause I NEED to be.”
Whether it’s to be taken more seriously, to educate or simply to be heard, I totally get it.
Here’s an email I received recently from a fellow celiac. And when I say recently, I mean 5 months ago. (Yep…a tad behind on emails…I read them all, I promise.)Dear Gluten Dude:
I love your site. After some frustrating discussions with my husband and a co-worker who said I better stop talking about gluten free foods or people will start talking about me (what????) I composed the following....