Today is my 53rd birthday. As we get older, we concern ourselves less with gifts and birthday wishes, and more about our lives and how we affect others.
I have always been a kind, caring person. I cannot stand when someone else is hurting. Whether it be an abused animal, or a person struggling with their demons. Those things bring out the caregiver in me. Yes, I can be abrupt and a little sharp around the edges, but deep down, my instinct to help others has always been my true vocation.
Looking back on my life up until this point, I can see that I have always chosen this path-not always successfully. I have been a customer service agent, a medical assistant, a genealogy researcher…..these are all jobs that focus on others. Yet, I found myself not really fulfilled by any of these careers. Until I became gluten and dairy free. Suddenly the light went on.
Since I started writing this blog last May, I have become a better person. At first, I was very tentative in my writing. As the months have gone by, I have gained confidence, insight and understanding of what others are going through with gluten and dairy intolerance and celiac disease. The fact that people from all over the world are reading my blog proves just that. That gluten and dairy issues are a world wide problem. This is not just some “fad” or “imagined disease” This is real.
I think my biggest pet peeve (yes I have said this before) is the fact that the consensus is if you are not celiac, you couldn’t possibly have gluten intolerance. As if to say, “Well, there is no ‘test result’ showing you are sick. There is no proof, it’s all in your head”. As if it would just go away. Thank goodness there are some great and informed articles to refute this. But unfortunately, the “bad and ignorant” articles still outweigh them.
We will always have to deal with ignorance. But we can band together and show a united front. People like me who advocate for those who have no voice are a good start. I have truly found my passion in life. And I have finally realized that passion is different from work. Once you start making your passion a job, it becomes a chore. I truly love writing this blog-it has been very eye opening so far. It has never been about numbers….if I get 20 views a day, I am ecstatic. If I get one, it means I have helped that one person in some way. I celebrate the small victories, just as I celebrate my life today.
Thank you to all of you who are following me. Thank you to all of you who view my pages. And most of all, thank you to my family, without whose support living this lifestyle would be impossible.