It is hard to believe that six years ago I started a small (and very basic) blog that chronicled my celiac journey – the ups, downs, and everything in-between. When I started the blog I was about six years into my celiac diagnosis and still finding my footing in what was a completely new world for me. Yes, even at one point early on I thought that eating a corn muffin was okay – don’t ask. And cross-contamination, well, that was an entirely different learning curve that took some time to get up to speed on (and included many painful nights wondering how I could be getting glutened even when I had removed it from my diet).
When I was diagnosed I had not even heard of celiac disease so you can imaging my shock when I was suddenly handed a diagnosis that I did not even know what to do with. Coincidentally, around the same time as my celiac diagnosis I developed a hyper-allergic reaction to all things shellfish – so there was yet another fun learning curve thrown into the mix.
My diagnosis came at a time when resources were pretty limited so it was a lot of trial, error, and more than a few missteps long the way. I also felt that at that point in time most of the sources out there were more about setting limitations vs. living a full life (albeit sans gluten) on your own terms. I couldn’t bear to read about the limitations so eventually decided to do my own thing. I also wondered where were all the male celiacs? Was celiac disease one of those things that we as men just never talked about? At the time of my diagnosis, after the initial shock wore-off, I vowed never to let celiac disease define or limit me in how I was going to live my life. I was going to live my celiac on my terms and still enjoy all of the things that kept life interesting – travel, fine dining, cocktails, and food – all with a slant towards luxury (of both the indulgent and everyday varieties). So I took a leap of faith and decided to put it all out there.
Fast forward to today and nearly 500 posts later. My blog has morphed through several iterations and designs to its present look. One thing has been consistent through all these years – sharing my experiences has brought me happiness. I have been honored and humbled to have shared my journey with millions of visitors from around the globe. I have met wonderful friends, colleagues, and companies through my site that I would have never met otherwise. I never in a million years would have thought that something that started on a whim would have grown to where it is today. Thank you to everyone for joining me on my celiac journey and making it truly a remarkable trip. Here’s hoping the best is yet to come.