I have yet to figure out this website, but I'll focus my attention on moving it along. I'm anxiously awaiting an email, which should come tomorrow, Monday Sept. 21, 2020, which will allow me to download a hard copy of my book, to be mailed. I don't know whether to laugh, or cry. I'm quite nervous about tossing something so personal out to the world. But, I'll cross my fingers and hope for the best. I do think I've ended up with an honest, easily digestible read.
What keeps me up at night, are the countless things I didn't say. Not because I couldn't have, but I needed to keep the writing tight, and focused - based on living with auto-immune diseases and chronic anxiety. In the book, I discuss topics that vary wildly, so it was pretty difficult to discuss my view on eating foods that are high in lectin's, for example, and then natter on about the mental anguish of not being able to eat homemade pizza in a small Tuscany town in Italy.
I've decided that this website will be a fine place to expand on topics that warrant further discussion, as laid out in the book. I'm also hoping that I'll be able to help any one who reaches out for non-medical, but sensible advice. When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease, and struggling mightily to accept the highly restricted dietary requirements, I had hoped someone would come along and talk me off the ledge - it didn't seem possible to move forward without help. I'd still be sitting on the ledge, had I not taken control of my destiny, but there's no denying that a helping hand or an understanding human-sounding-board has value.
I wasn't able to include pictures of recipes in the book. I plan on adding them here. I also had to remove countless recipes due to space, but they can also be posted.I think that all of the varying threads, will somehow piece together something useful.
At this point, I don't know if someone is even able to access this site, or if I'm having a fine time simple entertaining myself. So, if you do reach out to me, please have patience if I don't respond immediately. I don't want anyone who might be needing something to feel shunned. If you're living with a restrictive condition that affects how you interact with others, you already know how isolation feels.
I'm days away, from finally seeing the manuscript transform into a real-life book, that I can hold in my hands. If you have found me, thank you for being here.