I was diagnosed with celiac disease this January after several years of symptoms. Post-diagnosis, I had a lot of feelings, so I decided to write some of them out, starting with a farewell letter to gluten.
Now, I’m still at it, posting silly and serious stories about celiac disease and gluten-free living. I draw from current events, fictional universes, my life, and the strange and perilous depths of my imagination. Some posts are snarky, some earnest, but all are 100% gluten-free.
Because I’m a book lover (in fact, I work in publishing in my “real” life), I occasionally spout off about which Harry Potter characters are most likely to have celiac disease, explain what Pride and Prejudice would look like with gluten, or rewrite fairy tales to include gluten-free protagonists. If you know of novels or children’s books that really do feature characters with celiac disease, food allergies, or other chronic issues, I’d love to hear about them.
I will practically never post recipes, but you’ll see the occasional book/product/restaurant review, and I try to sneak in a poem now and then. Otherwise, it’s just straight talk about gluten.
Feel free to contact me; I’m friendly. I’m also on Twitter and Facebook.
P.S. I know nobody calls it celiac sprue anymore, but I’m a sucker for a good rhyme-pun—thus the blog name. And, actually, my GI doctor did call it that, when he was patiently explaining it was unlikely I had it because I didn’t have the symptoms he learned about in med school fifteen years ago. So, if not in good company per se, I’m not entirely alone.
Ha! My doctor’s receptionist called it that at first, too… and then told me I had TROPICAL sprue. LOL. Took a while before I got a real answer out of my doctor!
Oooh, don’t even get me started on my doc’s receptionists. (I’ll save that for another post!)
Haha, can’t wait to read that one! Sometimes I feel they have the lowest common denominator call to speak to patients who are pretty well-educated on their own health problems. *sigh*
So true! Maybe we have the same doctor. (Or maybe it’s just the same all over.)
Just from a nursing view, a lot of clinics are phasing out RNs who would understand or at least to look it up and understand for cheaper labor–medical assistants who don’t receive much training.
I love a good play on words too, and your blog name is pretty awesome. Also, I like how you have to be in the celiac “know” to get it. Makes the club all the more exclusive 🙂 I’m actually not officially in the club, though I am gluten free because my daughter (4 yrs) unfortunately is. Looking forward to reading more of your sprue stories!
First of all, thanks for the follow 🙂
Gluten is actually the leading trigger for my crippling migraines so I’ve been struggling with cutting the tie recently. It’s surprisingly hard in this modern world!!! My dad is a hardcore Paleo diet follower though, so he always has a lot of tips for me.
It IS hard! Glad that you have a good GF ally in your dad. I found your blog through “Freshly Pressed” and really enjoyed your voice so am looking forward to following!
I am happy to find your blog. When I hear the word “sprue” I think of my high school boyfriend. I got back in touch with him shortly after my diagnosis, about 15 years after we had stopped dating. We were talking about my celiac diagnosis and he offered me the index cards on which he’d taken notes about “celiac sprue” on while a culinary student in the 1990s. I thought it was sweet, but weird.
Anyway, I am looking forward to reading your blog!
That’s very funny! …Did you accept them? I’d love to know what they were being taught in culinary school back then, personally!
If I ever get my hands on them, they are all yours!
Hey Molly, I just nominated your awesome blog for a bunch of awards! No pressure to do anything but bask in the recognition, but you’re of course welcome to spread the award love if you choose. Just link back to me (the nominator) and post the badges, as well as nominate some awards of your own.
Thank you, Dana! As you know, I love your blog too! 🙂
Hey friend! I nominated you for the WordPress Family award. ❤ Info at the link
Thank you, Rachel! I’m honored! 🙂
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Hey! I’ve nominated you for an award. No obligation to accept but if you want to check it out then please do. http://sensitiveflour.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/none-of-this-would-have-been-possible-without/ Have a great day!
Molly – I have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award for being a loyal follower and supporter of my blog and my book. http://www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com/2013/11/obsessed-with-life-medical-miracle.html
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Haha! We all do it sometimes! Thanks so much for the nomination (and I’ll check out the post you linked to accidentally, too).