Dude note: To help celebrate and promote Celiac Awareness Month, I will be writing 30 blog posts over 30 consecutive days (weekends excluded) with the theme “30 Days of Helping 30 Celiacs”. Each post will be aimed toward helping one specific person or group of people. If you or someone you know needs help, guidance, advice or a shoulder to cry on, please contact me and I will do what I can to help. On the 31st day, you’re on your own. Totally kidding.
Today’s 30 for 30 blog post is for: The entire celiac community.
It’s been a great first week of helping my fellow celiacs. I’d like to end the week on an up-note. And this is a serious up-note.
I know we (or maybe I should say I) complain about the lack of support and understanding from the general population about celiac. I’ve gotten email after email after email from celiacs who are put through the ringers by those who aren’t educated about our disease.
But do you know there is a whole community of non-celiacs out there who have our back? Who understand? Who respect the trials and tribulations we go through?
Check out the email I received recently.
If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, you must be seriously botoxed out.
This is technically not a rant, but a message I want to share with you and all your fellow celiacs. I know you’re busy and have lots of battles to fight and people to educate, so I thank you for taking the time to read my letter. Here it is:
I am not a celiac myself, but a dear friend of mine is, so I have spent countless hours researching the topic, adjusting and perfecting my recipes, looking for safe cosmetics that would make a nice birthday present, reading ingredients lists, and reaching out to manufacturers to get information.
And I am not alone. We are committed, and we are many. We are your partners, your friends, your sisters, your brothers, your mothers, your fathers, your sons, your daughters, your aunts, your uncles, your grandparents, your colleagues, your acquaintances, or even complete strangers.
We do our best to spread the word and educate others, so that if they ever come across a celiac, they will treat them with respect and understanding.
We perfect our gluten-free recipes even when we’re not cooking for you, so that we can offer you safe, delicious food when you come over. We take action when we find mislabeled products, misleading menus, and inaccurate information.
So if there ever comes a time when you’re feeling desperate, frustrated, misunderstood, all alone in the world, or just plain angry (and with celiac on your plate, how could it not?), think of this letter. Think of us. We are with you always, and we understand.
On behalf of the entire celiac community, thank you V. Your words have touched my heart, breathed life into my tired body, and gave me a great reminder of why I advocate so strongly.
I’m pretty speechless…and how often does THAT happen?!