Oh boy. Celiac Awareness Day falls on a Thankful Thursday. Hmm….
For the record, I am NOT thankful I have celiac disease, no matter what I said in the beginning.
Frankly, celiac disease sucks. It’s way harder than I thought it would be.
But this isn’t Thankless Thursday, this is Thankful Thursday. So, here’s what I’m thankful for when it comes to celiac disease:
-The way my dietitian eyes have been opened to what it’s really like to have celiac disease, and how hard it can be to treat it.
-The love and support from friends and family who have gone out of their way to provide me safe food when I’m away from home.
-The way friends and family have become advocates for the celiac community by educating others, even when I’m not around (including restaurant waitstaff and managers).
-The fact that my church started offering gluten-free communion crackers last week (I don’t think it’s because of me, but I brought up the idea months ago and am so happy to see it happen for everyone in our faith community who needs it).
-The way my eyes have been opened to special needs of food pantries, something I hope to get more involved in.
-The platform to have a voice for people with celiac disease.
Celiac Disease, I don’t love you. But as with all things in life, there is always something to be thankful for.
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