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I get emails. Lots and lots of emails. People looking for answers. People sharing their stories. People asking if I’m single. Just kidding about that last one. I do my best to reply to every email and I post ones that may ring a chord with the community.

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Why Does Celiac Disease Turn Some People Into Heartless Jerks?

September 15, 2015 | 27 Comments

Compassion: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Jerk: a contemptibly naive, fatuous, foolish, or inconsequential person. Given the two options above, would you rather be considered a) […]

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Dear Gluten Dude: How Do I Go Gluten-Free??

August 28, 2015 | 23 Comments

As Bruce (Springsteen) would say: “Is there anybody alive out there??” Yes…it’s 4:57 in the morning. Yes…I’ve been up since 2. Yes…I’ve been working since 3:30. Yes…I’m on my second cup of coffee. Today’s post is for those who are struggling to maintain the […]

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My Letter to the Parents of a Depressed Girl with Celiac Disease

July 31, 2015 | 41 Comments

Dear Mom & Dad, You don’t know me, but I know your daughter. She’s not in a good place and you don’t seem to care. How do I know this? Because she reached out to me a few days ago privately. You see…I’m a […]

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Hey Dude…Where Should I Eat Gluten-Free in New York City?

July 28, 2015 | 19 Comments

Traveling as a celiac can be stressful. Especially when going to a big city like New York when you are not familiar with it. So many choices to eat, but are they really safe? And if they’re safe, are they any good?? I got […]

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No Outside Food Allowed!!!

July 16, 2015 | 41 Comments

Why the picture of Snoopy above? For whatever reason, I have a vivid memory of a Peanuts episode called Snoopy, Come Home. Snoopy goes to visit Lila, his original owner, in the hospital. But in his attempt to get there, he keeps coming across […]

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Yes Mom…A Little Gluten DOES Hurt!

July 14, 2015 | 41 Comments

Ok…I’m back. My little blogging semi-vacation is over. Two blog posts in two weeks is totally lame. I’ve got TONS of emails to get through and I’ll be posting them here in the next few weeks. I figure, if one person has a specific […]

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A 504 Plan for Celiac. What is the Right Thing to Do?

June 1, 2015 | 56 Comments

This email poses a great question. Do I do what is right my MY situation? Or do I do what may not be necessary, but will make it easier for others in a similar situation in the future? She needs a solution in 48 […]

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Do Celiacs Have to Live in Fear?

May 27, 2015 | 22 Comments

HELL NO! Ok…now that I got that out of the way, let me explain. Celiac disease sucks. I know that. You know that. Not only does it suck, but there is so much bad info out there about our disease, that for the newly […]

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Dear Dude: How do I Get My Boyfriend to Worry LESS About My Celiac?

May 8, 2015 | 16 Comments

Two quick Dude Notes before I get going. Dude Note 1: Such an awesome response so far on the Faces of Celiac Disease. Many of you have asked me where you can view the wall (that’s what I’m calling it). Well…I’ve now got hundreds […]

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Listen to Your Body…Not Your Family

April 14, 2015 | 29 Comments

If you’ve got a supportive family, count your blessings. I’ve received so many emails over the years from others who are not quite as fortunate. This one came in a couple of days ago and it has her doubting whether she should even mention […]

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