Gluten Dude
  • 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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  • I love your celiac stories. Every damn one of them. Though I might not comment on all of them (the Dude is a busy, busy man), I do read them all and respond when I can.

    There are some stories that just grab me though. These are stories that I must share with the community. Not only because they’re so dang amazing, but because there may be other people in a similar situation who read these stories and a light bulb goes off. “Hey…that sounds like my situation!”

    Not to be all dramatic and stuff, but by sharing your stories, you may be saving lives. How cool is that??

    I received the following story a few days ago via a direct message in Facebook. It’s from a mom whose daughter was placed in hospice by her neurosurgeon, thinking she could not be cured.

    Until (thankfully) a GI stepped in.


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