Love Is Not Eating Donuts in Front of Me

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Growing up nerdy, spazzy and kind of sickly, I knew it was going to take a special kind of guy to see past all that. It’s not every guy willing to take on the geeky writer with big hair and a flair for the dramatic. I certainly didn’t bank on finding the love of my life at 18.

We met in high school, stuck together through four (and a half) years of college at rival universities. As I got sicker and sicker, he was right there with me, making excuses for the parties I couldn’t attend and planning meals around bathroom locations.

When my doctor told me nothing was wrong, he encouraged me to find a new one. And even though I was a hot mess, he still wanted to marry me.

When I got my celiac diagnosis last year, my husband was my strongest supporter. He let me cry and rage, and occasionally had to deflect flying boxes of cereal when I was in a particularly angry mood. He’s given up so much of what he loved, too, to make me feel safe in our house.

He will eat any meal I prepare, no questions asked.

He surprises me with gluten-free cupcakes.

He knows how to quiz waitstaff at a restaurant like nobody’s business.

He defends me to the folks who don’t understand.

He’s the one who encouraged me to start blogging.

Every day, no matter how much of a nasty troll I’ve been to him, he tells me he loves me and that he’s proud of me.

And he never, never eats donuts in front of me.

That’s love, my friends.

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6 thoughts on “Love Is Not Eating Donuts in Front of Me”

  1. These stories truly fill my heart, like the whole gluten dude initiative.

    If you ever care to come to Dubai, you’ll find the finest gluten free freshly baked breads and rolls in the world … I am not exaggerating. It’s a different universe. Rent an apartment, you can order anything you can dream of gluten free from the online store and you’ll be safe and happy and back to life.
    See http://www.glutenfree-supermarket.ae.
    Behind the queen of bakery is a husband like yours 🙂

    Take care and thanx for sharing.

  2. You two are adorable! Your story is a reminder that young love can be lasting love and is inspirational on so many levels. I wish you both a long, happy and healthy life together!

  3. When U find that special someone, who ‘GETS’ and loves U unconditionally, it is rare. U are one of the lucky ones indeed.

    As I have learned more & more about CD, being upbeat on some days can be a difficult thing. Especially when it is accompanied by many allergies, and Dermatitis herpetiformis.
    We must all stick together and Educate a part of the world that does not understand.
    Dude:
    Site = looking good~! Kudos~!
    Lissa

  4. It makes me happy when I read about significant others that really get it. I never wanted to have this diagnosis. In fact I was watching a Dr. Oz show last year about Celiac disease and at the end of the show in my mind I said “I’m glad I don’t have THAT crap”. Three cheers to the folks that get it, because they are worth their weight in gold.

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