Monday, August 10, 2009

Poor Me... Poor You

Who me! Why poor me? It’s not the end of the world. Nothing has changed. So I ask you again, Why poor me? I’m curious, why did you need to say that? No, you didn’t offend me, but can you please answer my question? Oh, you just assumed because of Celiac Disease (CD) I couldn’t continue my love affair with food (LOL). What we should be saying is, “Poor you for not being informed.” A wise person will get the facts, know their audience and then speak.

I recently got together with a relative of mine whom I hadn’t seen in some time. She wasn’t familiar with my diagnosis of CD. She should have been. I mean, come on, doesn’t she read my blog (LOL)? Actually, it was a nice visit, and there was a lot to catch up on. The two of us can really talk.

I was patiently waiting for the dreaded poor you speech, and it happened (luckily, not until the middle of our conversation). The timing was actually great. I was so excited from our initial exchanges that it insulated my need to go on the attack about my CD.

I don’t do a whole lot of attacking or going on the offense. I absolutely don’t make people feel bad either. What’s the point? However, I do like when people ask questions because that means I get to educate more uninformed individuals and send them out into the world, educating others about the Celiac life, abolishing people’s preconceived notions, not to mention the myths. In other words, we’re saving people from their ignorant selves.

For me, my diet hasn’t really changed much. Yes, I’m eating more salads, beans, rice and meat, but what’s really cool is the new recipes I’m creating, which I really do need to publish on my blog.

What has really been a comfort to me is my friend BDL, who without any encouragement from me takes the lead in introducing me to different gluten-free products. He’s not a Celiac, but he has a nut allergy. He is very aware of his circumstances and takes his knowledge and knowhow and shares it with me, so I can live life not on the sidelines, but always in play, and always one meal at a time.

He was the person who recently made me a cake for my birthday (and I thought I wouldn’t have one). Thank you, BDL. Earlier, we had both discovered it was best I shouldn’t have cake, but he was so eager to make and present to me the new Betty Crocker gluten-free mix. I’ve always loved Betty! The two of us have been through some tough times over the years, and she has helped lift my spirits when no one else could. Unfortunately, some of Betty’s recent gluten-free products are not helping me. The yellow cake for my birthday was God-awful. After twenty-four hours it turns into a brick, which I might use to hold open a door in my house. I tried feeding the cake to the doves that hang out in the flower garden outside my kitchen, but they had no interest. I could swear they looked at me in a way as if to say, “We’re not Celiacs! Don’t be feeding us this crap because you don’t like it and we’re just birds. Don’t worry, we’ll get another meal.” (LOL)

I’m sure they will get another meal because I know I will, just like I know I’ll get another cake too. Actually, my friend BDL just made me another cake, his famous New York cheesecake (not a New York “style” cheesecake, but a real cheesecake). Let me tell you, it’s a little bit of heaven on earth. I did have a little grudge against him for trying to feed me Betty Crocker’s gluten-free crap, but he made it up to me today.

As I’ve always said, “This Celiac is going to be fine and you will be too. You just need to live your life one meal at a time. For everyone thinking “Poor me,” I say, “Poor you, because I’m not sharing BDL’s fabulous cheesecake with you or anyone else. It’s all mine, and I’m eating it one slice at a time. - paerki

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