January 18, 2010

Time to Celebrate

This pretty picture was made by Helen Dardik.

In January 2000, around 9:30am on a weekday morning, I sat eating a piece of cinnamon raisin toast. Being sick for years, I recently had been tested for celiac disease and was waiting for the results. The phone rang a few feet away from me and I remember trying to swallow the bite of toast I just took before I answered. It was Lorri, the nurse from my doctor's office, calling with my results. "Your test results indicate you have celiac disease." I could have cried; not tears of disappointment, but of joy. Someone had finally figured out what was wrong with me. I could finally start living my life again. I scribbled down the do's and don'ts she had for me, and after I hung up the phone, I picked up my plate of toast and walked over to the garbage can. I watched as it slid off the plate an onto a pile of used coffee grounds. Cinnamon toast was the last gluten meal I ever consumed.

It's hard to believe that was 10 years ago. Sometimes it feels like yesterday, sometimes it feels like I've eating this way forever. Never once have I "cheated". It's soooo (emphasis on the "ohh") not worth it. There have been a few times I was unknowingly poisoned (thank you, Leona's waitress and your "it's not breading it's seasoning") but other than that, no, gluten free all the way, baby. Rarely I miss things I used to be able to eat. A few times I've had dreams where I've eaten gluten containing foods, only to wake up in a panic that I actually DID eat something glutenous and was going to soon be sick. I have never felt deprived, I just enjoyed what I could eat and carried on.

My friends, family, and co-workers have been incredibly supportive and understanding of my diet. My best friend would always eat gluten free with me (I'll have to have her guest blog our college pizza days...) and would even be the guinea pig for my baking experiments. Co-workers would always bake me gluten free goodies for my birthday. Party hosts always made sure there was something on their menu I could eat. It warms my heart when I get together with friends I haven't seen in awhile and they tell me, "Whenever I see something gluten free, I always think of you!" Since gluten free products are becoming more mainstream, I hear that a lot these days...it's good to know I'm always on someone's mind...cue Elvis.

Also, if you've been counting, and I know you have been, this is my 100th post!! They really add up when you're having fun, right? A great big THANK YOU goes out to every single one of you on my followers list. I love sharing my gluten free findings, recipes, and whatever other nonsense I throw on here. I love all of your comments, they always make my day a little brighter.

This totally feels like I'm giving a speech at a wedding, ha! It's something to celebrate and in honor of all of these milestones I'm holding a giveaway sponsored by yours truly. I want to share some of my favorite gluten free products with one lucky reader. I'm not sure of everything going in the Gluten Free Betsy goodie bag, but so far we have some Liz Lovely gluten free Snickerdoodles, Pastor Chucks Apple Butter, Bob's Red Mill Mighty Tasty GF Hot Cereal, and Celiac Specialties Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix. I'm sure I'll find some more tasty treats to add.

If you want to win this, please become a follower and leave a comment telling me what you love about my blog. Got a favorite post? Did I introduce you to one of your favorite GF products? Have you tried any of my recipes? If you're just joining, how'd you find out about my site? Plan on visiting again? I hope you do...bring a friend!

A deadline to this contest would be good, eh? Next Tuesday, January 26th I'll randomly select a winner.

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