I know for a while now many of Taylor’s followers have asked to hear from his mom or have asked what role I have played in Taylor’s pursuit of his blog and making a difference in the gluten-free community. I thought a great way to kick off my efforts of supporting Taylor in providing new content for his blog is to give you a little glimpse behind the scenes of how things started, what we have gone through, and where we are now.
A Little About Me – Taylor’s Mom
Back in 2008, I learned that I had Celiac Disease and started living a gluten-free lifestyle. I am sure that my story sounds a lot like many of yours out there. I grew up with stomach problems my entire life along with many other debilitating symptoms like migraines and sinus infections. I had a lot of problems with my stomach when I was close to Taylor’s age and even after being hospitalized for over a week I was told that I had IBS. Starting in 2004 I started to have a lot more problems with my stomach and was also chronically fatigued. I went from doctor to doctor and ended up in the ER more times than I can count. I was told by my doctors that I had everything from hypoglycemia to possible lymphoma. My discovery of having Celiac Disease came from a simple conversation that I had with a work colleague who was in remission from breast cancer and started seeing a holistic nutritionist. One day I was complaining to her because I felt to terribly bad, so bad that I couldn’t function to the point where I could fall asleep standing up. I told her that I really noticed the symptoms the night before when I was at a ball game and had a soft pretzel and beer. She told me that what I had sounded like a gluten allergy. My response was “what’s gluten?” She briefly explained it to me and that’s when my research began. I started a gluten-free diet and within two weeks I felt immensely better. I realized that I had felt so bad for so long that I had no idea how bad I really felt. I was a completely different person with so much more clarity and energy. I quickly learned that gluten was the key instrument into my poor health and that the food that I was putting into my body was a direct correlation to how I feel every day. I know … a very simple concept but something that took me a very long time to figure out.
Going Even Further Back
There have been some major life lessons that I have worked hard to instill in Taylor to help him along the way including:
- There is a consequence for every action – whether it be good or bad.
- Perspective and attitude is everything. You can choose what kind of day you are going to have by the way you view the world.
- There are absolutely no limits on what you can do. You are the only person who can set limits on yourself.
- There is nothing wrong with making a mistake. There is something wrong with making the same mistake twice.
- Lead by Example. The only way you can be a leader is to give something for someone to follow.
I can say that one of the greatest rewards of being a parent is to see Taylor grasp these things and apply them to his life. Taylor is an exceptional kid who already had a foundation of sensibility, compassion, empathy and kindness. Like all kids he is (was) a sponge that soaks up the world around him but unlike most kids he also has a strong desire to make a difference in the world.
I hope that with my additions to Taylor’s incredible content and perspective that I can add an additional voice that can be used as a resource for parents who are looking for a guide to help their child navigate through the world of gluten-free living. Taylor and I will be working on some blog posts together where I will be writing tips on how to raise a gluten-free child where he will comment on how my tips have helped him through the years as well. We feel that this will offer a unique perspective and hopefully great content that will help parents from not only the parent’s view but also the child’s.
In upcoming posts I will be writing on the following topics:
- Making Your Home a Gluten-Free Zone
- The Power of Attitude
- Planning Ahead and Being Prepared
- Importance of Advocating for Your Child
- The Power of Knowledge – Educating Yourself, your child and your family & friends
- Lead by Example
- The Evolution of Gluten-Free Living
I will also work on providing some great gluten-free recipes and products that we have come across along the way along with traditions for holidays and special occasions that have helped when transitioning into a gluten-free lifestyle.
If you have any questions or are looking for advice on situations with your child or have questions about raising a gluten-free child, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am more than happy to help in any way that I can. ~Laura