oh, my dearest gluten free followers.
yesterday my roommates and I had dinner at our friends’ apartment. you should know, by now, that my roommates have never been anything but supportive of my eating concerns, and these friends have always gone out of their way to make sure I’m safe, too.
(you should also know that one of my roommates is a veggie and the other has an egg allergy.)
so one of these friends posted an anticipatory Facebook message, he was looking forward to this “gluten-free, vegetarian, egg-free dinner.”
immediately friends of his - who don’t know the three of us with these eating issues - started commenting with replies like: “So, veggies?” or “EW!”
and seriously? UGH.
first of all, dinner was delicious: a baked pasta dish (one with GF pasta just for me) with ricotta and spinach and oven-roasted tomatoes.
second of all, WE LIVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY! AND WE EAT JUST FINE! there’s almost NOTHING we can’t eat somehow.
people are just so IGNORANT. and moreover, they don’t THINK. they don’t realize that saying things like “EW” makes it that MUCH harder for me, in my own little Celiac-bubble, to stay Gluten Free Positive. I’m 2.5+ years GF, I’ve handled my share of jokes and poorly worded comments, but it never STOPS hitting me. it never quite STOPS hurting.
I don’t know if this happens to you, but once people find out I have Celiac they tend to ask pretty personal questions - what were my symptoms, how was I diagnosed. and then they always step back and apologize for asking so much and I tell them not to worry because I’m happy to teach people about Celiac. I want to spread the infos EVERYWHERE.
I’m hopeful that one day people will understand allergies and diseases like we have. they won’t say things like “I could never do that,” as if to suggest that it’s EASY for us. they won’t “joke” that all we can eat is veggies and air. they’ll remember that this isn’t necessarily a CHOICE and that it’s something we will ALWAYS have to live with.
(until they invent a drug that allows us to eat gluten. when they do that, my sister and I are driving across the country to eat some deep fried steak tips we saw on a Food Network show once. it’s already been decided.)
one of the reasons I started this blog was because I saw a lot of ignorance - on Tumblr specifically, and in the world in general. we owe it to ourselves to be as vocal about this disease as we want, to share as MUCH information as we possibly can with the world, so that our children (who, let’s be honest, have a greater chance of Celiac just by being OUR children) live in a world where announcing that you’re having a gluten-free dinner isn’t met with mockery and disgust, but with mild interest and maybe even some recipe suggestions.
it’s Celiac Awareness Month guys. let’s do this.