Gluten Dude
  • “Sooooooo I’m dying again. I went gluten free about 6 months after a celiac diagnosis and it helped for a little while but things are taking a turn for the worse. I’m 18, I don’t smoke or drink or have sex with random strangers and I’m in shape so I’m really confused about whats going on with my body. Every now and then (but a lot recently) I poop black bloody stool and I’ve been having problems holding urine and I’m always tired again. I’m kind of getting scared and I’m confused because I thought going gluten free was supposed to help me feel better and I’m started to wonder if I got a mis-diagnosis and something even worse is going on…please help.”

    The above was a comment left on one of my blog posts yesterday.

    “Hi! I am worried about my calcium in the brain, having much at some...

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  • Hello everyone. Happy Tuesday to you all. Let’s start with a joke today because why not!?

    A photon checks into a hotel and the bellhop asks him if he has any luggage. The photon replies, “No, I’m traveling light.”

    No good? How about this one?

    Pavlov is sitting at a bar, when all of the sudden the phone rings. Pavlov gasps, “Oh shit, I forgot to feed the dogs.”

    Ok…today’s order of business is a reader’s celiac rant. It’s been too long since I posted one of these and I have 140 of them sitting in my inbox. This comes from a frustrated celiac whose doc said she’d feel better by going gluten-free. As we all know, it’s not that simple.

    If you would like to help her out and make a comment (bless your heart), all I ask is that this does not turn into a “paranoia post” where...

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  • Dude Note: I went back and forth a bit whether I should be posting Mrs. Dude’s breast cancer story on this blog. After all…this is a blog about living with celiac disease and how much of my audience really wants to hear about breast cancer?

    But this blog is also about community. It’s about spirit. It’s about dealing with adversity. And most of all…it’s about hope.

    And to top it off, my audience is roughly 90% female so I guarantee Mrs. Dude’s story may not only resonate with many but if it makes even one single person get a mammogram when otherwise they wouldn’t have, then absolutely we should share.

    Hon…take it away.


    I want to start by saying I am truly grateful for this amazing community that has been a support lifeline to hubby and now one incredible virtual support team for me! How blessed are...

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  • So yesterday, I spent a great day with one of my Dudettes at her college freshman orientation.

    Yes…I have an 18 year old.

    No…I have NO IDEA how that happened.

    Anyway, when everyone arrived, we all piled into the auditorium and the person running the orientation gave a wonderful 45 minute speech about the school, the day’s activities, etc.

    When the topic of dining came up, she said the cafeteria has several completely gluten-free stations. I thought “How cool! We have come so far in such a short time that our disease is now being recognized by major universities across the country.”

    And it is cool…very cool.

    But then she followed it up with this gem: “Gluten-free is really popular these days. Some of us have to be gluten-free like me. I have celiac disease. But I cheat. I know I’m not supposed to but some of the other food...

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