Mrs. Dude says I need to have thicker skin. Like pretty much everything else she says about me, she’s probably right.
But I’ve been pierced lately from some fellow celiacs who I care deeply about.
Pierced by accusations that I’m too judgmental; too negative; too harsh; not flexible enough in my opinions.
Pierced by a handful of awesome celiacs who I used to connect with a lot on Twitter who no longer communicate with me.
All of the sudden, I see the celiac community become divided and that pains me to no end.
This is the last thing that I want.
I started this celiac blog for two reasons:
1) As a form of therapy to help me deal with the crap that is celiac disease.
2) To help others who are in the same boat as I am.
It was never meant to shine a bright, cheery light on the gluten-free life.
As a reader commented a few months ago…”celiac disease does not come complete with puppies and rainbows and unicorns shooting out of everyone’s behinds.”
And I’m proud of how far this blog has come.
I’m so touched by the community that we have created here and the many, many people we have ALL helped.
I’m grateful for the emails I receive every day, thanking me for creating a place where they can come and rant and be themselves.
But if what I am doing is dividing the celiac community, am I doing my job?
Look…I totally understand that eating comes with a huge emotional attachment. It’s a very personal thing and people need to find their own path.
I also know that many, many celiacs continue to suffer even though they are gluten free and eating mostly whole, natural food is the only thing that has helped me after five years of suffering.
But I never say “Do it my way or you’re wrong.”
If I talk about food, which is hardly my sole focus, I just try to get across what has helped for ME, knowing that it could perhaps help you too.
All I try to do is tell our stories, stories about the physical, social and emotional issues that are attached to our disease, and open people’s eyes a bit.
And yes, I’m sarcastic. I’m snarky. I can be borderline obnoxious (in a light-hearted way of course).
That’s just part of the package of who I am and how I get my message across.
As many have said before me and many will say after me, my celiac is not your celiac.
But we are all in this TOGETHER.
As I always say, I am a work in progress.
Thanks for listening.