If you’ve got 30 minutes today and you want to watch somebody who is both knowledgeable and passionate about our disease, do yourself a favor and watch the below video of Jennifer Esposito.
She was just featured on a show called “Celebrity Bucket List”. And while most celebs would be more interested in promoting themselves and talking about their career, the focus here is on our disease and what she is doing to help promote awareness.
Her goal in life is simple: to change the perception of celiac disease and to educate the masses on what our disease truly is.
And when I say her goal is simple, what I really mean is that it’s friggin’ impossible.
But that won’t stop her. And it won’t stop me.
If you watch nothing else of this video, go to the 26:30 mark where she says the following:
“People need to understand this is a serious disease. And when you ask for gluten-free in a restaurant and you are not gluten-free; the more we have people not being able to decipher if this is an allergy, a fad or a disease, our community is getting sicker and sicker and sicker. I ask you to be responsible about this disease. I am asking that people be responsible and respectful for the people that suffer with this disease. It is not fun. It is not easy. And it is not a fad.”
That my friends says it all. It’s why I and so many other amazing celiac advocates pour their heart and soul out; to help the greater good.
Isn’t that why we were put on this planet? To help others.
Please…if you are ever in NYC, please support her bakery.
She’s doing a good thing. Oh…and the food is AMAZING!!
And one last thing…take note of the message on the chalk board behind her in the picture above. Food Should Be Enjoyed…Not Feared.
Amen to that!!
(Dude note: If you can’t see the above video, click here. Just be sure to fast forward to the 2:05 mark to start watching. It’s a bit messed up in the beginning.)
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