Meetings and food tastings are pretty important to many Celiacs. But yesterday, I found something far more important.
In our area, a 2 year old was very recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Her mother would have come to the conference, except the little girl was having her 6th surgery on Friday. CD is not her first major diagnosis, it’s her 6th. Already, you can see this is a harder situation than most of us have been in.
To complicate matters even more for this mother, she is single, with 5 kids (4 of them ages 1, 2, 3, and 4), and on food stamps because she can’t work and her ex-husband has nothing to do with them.
Enter the support group.
At the end of the conference, I make it my business to get productd and samples from the vendors, for the sole purpose of taking them to my support group, and using them in tastings and raffles. But yesterday, I was able to take 2 crates of food to this woman (along with a cookbook). I don’t think I can fully understand how grateful she was.