Ode to Celiac Disease

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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: Parents of children with celiac disease.

After Monday’s post became such a debacle, I thought I’d give my blog a rest for a bit. The internet can drain me at times. Spend a day on Twitter and your head will explode.

But then I received the following message on Facebook and it put a smile on my face. A big one. It’s a poem someone wrote to her best friend’s daughter, who had just been diagnosed with celiac disease.

I hope it puts a smile on your face too.

Hey Gluten Dude. My 10 year old daughter, who just so happens to have Celiac disease, was cleaning out her room today (mostly because I made her) and we came across a poem that one of my best friends wrote for her last year when she was diagnosed.

She loved the poem so in the spirit of helping other Celiacs, I thought I would share it for other mothers to share with their children.

“Ode to Celiac Disease” by Tracey Decter

When Celiac has got you down,
Poke his eye and you won’t frown.
If you prefer, just bop his head,
And make HIS tummy hurt instead.
This little guy is super cute!
He thinks it’s funny when you toot!
Although you may feel constipated,
Gluten foods are overrated.
Don’t use a fork to eat your soup!
Don’t tell me when it’s time to poop!
I wish you well with all my heart,
But leave the room if you must fart!

She sent it with a stuffed animal stomach.

Thanks for everything you do. It has helped me help my daughter this past year.

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24 thoughts on “Ode to Celiac Disease”

  1. That’s awesome! I don’t care how old you are – fart jokes (and poems) are funny. πŸ˜‰

    The last post did get crazy didn’t it? Don’t worry – those parents will be fine. Most of us get to the point where we can see through the BS. They will too if they’re not in fact there already.

  2. Sue in Alberta

    Excellent!!! That’s the type of poetry I wish I could write. Alas, I
    can’t- that’s right, I said “alas” . There ‘s a word we don’t use nearly enough.
    Have a good one, GD.

    1. Alas, Sue, I agree, we don’t. Let’s bring it back. πŸ™‚

      You can write poetry. Just pick up your pen , let your mind go and just write….. free style it. Bet you come out with something

  3. After getting hit last week, this is the first thing that’s made me genuinely laugh. I really needed that.

  4. GD-

    Love it. Can I have a go?


    Dear Celiac,

    You suck.
    You are a literal pain in my butt.
    You trigger such reactions,
    like headaches and depressions.
    You truly leave me tired,
    confused and uninspired.

    If I could take you,
    eradicate you-
    rid of you forever;
    I would bury you like a Soprano
    in Jersey
    Ciao. Forever.

    Jersey Girl

      1. Yeah you got that right! JGirl I always love your music quotes at the end of your comments and you’ve got some skilz πŸ™‚

  5. I can’t wait to share this poem with my kids when they get home from school. They love to laugh about farts and poop…
    Thanks so much for writing it, Tracey, and sharing it, GD. Hope that your week improves.

  6. Phew GD, what a day yesterday! Love it and big ups for the reprieve. What a job you have! Hope you can chill and have a Tito’s πŸ™‚

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