Happy Friday everyone. A few quick Dude notes before I kick things off.
– Note #1: I’ve gotten a bazillion messages asking me about the Pizza Hut gluten free pizza. I’ll need more info before making an informed opinion. My original thought is that at least they are blowing away how Dominos went about it. (See my thoughts on the Dominos debacle here). I am trying land an interview with them to learn all of the facts. Stay tuned.
– Note #2: Bart’s team (yes…that Bart from Bart’s Bakery) has reached out to me to apologize and to actually ask for my help. Hmmmmm…
– Note #3: I know my style is not for everyone. If you choose not to follow me…no hard feelings. Just please do it quietly and gracefully.
Ok…moving on. So after my last celiac rant post, the emails with more celiac rants starting piling up in my inbox. Loved reading them, but one really caught my eye. The author called it the oddest rant of all and indeed it was. It was a beautiful note from a mom to her celiac daughter.
I was eating a raw onion while first reading the email, so I’m not quite sure where the tears were coming from, but I’d have a hanky nearby, just in case.
To my daughter, in what is probably the oddest rant of all, stop letting this disorder make you question your worth. People can be judgmental and horrible even if you seem absolutely normal and perfect. It’s the human way of dealing with our own insecurities. You can only feel picked on and singled out by Celiac if you allow others to determine your worth.
Please stop feeling as though this disease defines you. Your intelligence defines you. Your attitude, your caring nature, your dedication to those around you. These things define you. Celiac Disease is just one very tiny portion of the total sum of who you are. Draw power from it. Draw confidence in knowing that in defeating this you have proven you can take on anything. Be fearless!
You’re amazing. You faced this unknown head on, suffered through pain, doubt, misdiagnosis, missed schooling, multiple medical providers, accusations by uneducated people around you and you came out ahead. You have a maturity far beyond your years. You are an example of how to deal with an adversity. You are a role model. Your determination and perseverance to find your way to good health makes me far prouder than any material accomplishments.
I love you. Please remember, you’re a fantastic young woman and an inspiration. I’m in awe of you and profoundly proud.