Five Things I Am Thankful For

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It's the eve of Thanksgiving in 2019 and I think it's time to discuss gratefulness.  I"m grateful to be alive, for every bit of my health, and grateful to have had such a loving family while I was a child, and for my current family including my husband, my stepson, my grandchild, extended family, and all our friends in the entire country.  I don't say these things lightly.  Not only is gratefulness an important part of good mental health habits, but in my life, things could've gone badly if loving people weren't right there, ready to step up and support me at critical moments. I'm grateful to the USA for taking in a mother and child and giving us a chance at a better life.  Thanks to the USA for  allowing my mom and I to succeed, her in business, me in college. 

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But there are things I'm thankful for that are related to Celiac disease also.  I've learned so much from this disease.  

I'm Grateful That Celiac Disease Taught Me...

 1.  All the wonderful ways I can make pastry dough, such as this inspired version. Not to mention the bread, biscuits, cookies, and pizza doughs I've learned this year.

 2.  ... that there are people who care about those with Celiac and tell the truth about it.  And one of them, is making a new app called Gluten Dude that looks like it will rock!  I'm grateful to this community.

3.  about treatment options that are on the horizon.  Although some of them have already fallen by the wayside, I'm grateful that research continues.  Keep it up!

4.  about the many manifestations of Celiac and the research just keeps getting better. (no paywall)  Notice the part about primary biliary cirrhosis?  Yes, thank you!  Fist bump!  A new manifestation I hadn't seen before.

5.  Tunisia!  I'm ever more impressed with their research into Celiac disease.  I've read with deep interest some of their other case reports which were no less stellar than this one.  In this case, they not only explain that this patient discovered Celiac via blood clots in the retina of the eye, but they go on to explain why and exactly which deficiencies would've caused that.  This is science.  Pay attention, world.   I would put Pakistan at a close second.  With very little resources, they've managed to create a medical system to deal with a high incidence of anemia caused by Celiac in their country.  And it deserves gratefulness and recognition.

Public Health officials, please read #5 again, and take note. 

What are 5 things that Celiac taught you, that you're grateful for?

It Beggars Belief

And remember, there are always people who need your prayers and good works, even those who have no idea who's ravaging their economic health.  I give thanks to the thousands of medical students who help in free clinics all over the country and in Appalachia.  This (video on poverty) shouldn't happen in America.  However, I'm grateful for the thousands of souls who make it a bit better every day.

Stay safe and be there to help someone out this weekend. 💗


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