Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ten Years have flown by

     Ten years ago yesterday I sat in a doctor's office and was told I had Celiac. So New Years Eve the world always helps me celebrate my gluten free anniversary. Pretty cool eh?
     It really doesn't seem like it has been that long. I guess that is because we are forever learning and reading labels. We will never really be "pro" at this! ha Companies are constantly changing things on us. Though I don't feel as lost today as I did that very first day.
     I do feel like things have really changed in those ten years. When I was first diagnosed gluten free was not as mainstream as it is today. There were very few restaurants that had gluten free menu items. I had to mail order or order online my cake mixes and pastas. To see "gluten free" on a label was few and far between. Now we are able to walk into many restaurants with gluten free menus. Regular grocery stores are carrying gluten free items. Big companies are finally "getting it" and labeling their brands as gluten free when they are. I'm thankful for these changes!
     In June of 2004 I started the USASillyYaks yahoo support group. I did this because there were no people near me who were gluten free. I went online to find support and get ideas. That group has grown and has people from all over the world.
     October 20,2011 I decided to give blogging a try. I wanted a permanent place to share my recipes, information, and product reviews. I have really enjoying blogging. It is fun to see what recipes people LOVE and what recipes people could have done without! ha I haven't had as much time lately to post to my blog and I have really been missing it.
     In November of 2011 I was featured in an article in the magazine All You about autoimmune disorders. That was pretty exciting for me. I was excited to get to share my story to a larger group of people. I know that I made an impact because I had people contacting me via facebook and email who felt lost and alone before they read the article. I'm glad I did that article.
     December 2011 I decided to take USASillyYaks to Facebook. I feel like I have been able to share more and help others through expanding to Facebook. We have a great group of followers there.
     I have had some great opportunities to help others in the last 10 years. I hope to continue helping others and staying healthy. I can't wait to see what the next 10 years brings. Thank you for being a part of my journey.