What a week. What a long, long week.
The kind that on one side makes you weep for humanity. And yet on the other side, be amazed at our ability to deal with the worst of situations, look evil and stupidity in the eye, and kick its ass.
I want to end this week on an uplifting note; to let you know that we are making a difference in our tiny corner of the world.
I know celiac is small potatoes compared to many of the issues in this crazy world we live in. But that doesn’t make it any less stressful for those struggling with this disease. And knowing that we are helping those in need gives me peace and satisfaction that I want you to feel as well
Last summer, I posted a Dear Gluten Dude titled I am a Teen with Celiac & I Need Your Help. Allie was really struggling with her celiac disease and asked for our community’s help.
Here’s an excerpt from the original email:
I am really struggling with not being able to just eat what I want, or always bringing my own food to swim team carb parties. I am in the middle of working at/going to a summer camp, and they try to be accommodating, but most of the time I end up with peanut butter and jelly or a salad.
If you could help me at all, that would be great. I am really sick of not being normal, and what used to be a source of joy (food, cooking, baking) is now a source of frustration and pain.
As usual, our amazing community kicked booty with their responses.
Well, we heard back from Allie yesterday and here is what she said:
I want to thank everybody for all of the kind words and great advice. It is nine months after I wrote this email, and I am doing pretty well. I have only been glutened once, and luckily I didn’t get too sick. I must admit that some days I just don’t want to do this diet anymore, but on those tough days I come back to this post and read all of your comments again.
I am headed off to college in the fall, and am leaving my small rural town and going to a city where my GF options will expand exponentially. My little cousin recently had to go GF and I not only pointed her to this site, but this post. It was originally some of my long-time Celiac family members who introduced me to this site, and it felt great to do the same for her.
You all are amazing, and I know for a fact that this community we have created for ourselves helps us all in more ways than we could ever imagine.
See that folks? We are making a difference in people’s lives.
And that’s what it’s all about.
Thank you…to all of you…from the bottom of my gluten-free heart!