Well I made it! 30 posts in 30 days. Today's conclusion post was a lot of fun. I had never heard of a word cloud before. Basically you go to the above website and enter words that you want in your cloud. Then the website generates a word cloud.
The gluten-free community is a very supportive and close-knit community. There have been many individuals that I have "met" via social media sites. Despite not meeting many of these individuals, I feel this connection because of this one tiny commonality. We are all gluten-free. It is such a special community, and I am so proud to be a part of it.
For this final post of the HAWMC, I wanted to get my readers input, so I reached out to my Twitter followers and Facebook fans, and asked:
When you think of celiac, gluten-sensitivity or the GF community, what words come to mind?
My Words and Phrases: 1 in 133, Courage, Embrace, G-free, Supportive, Proud, Restoring, Dedicated
Words and Phrases that were sent to me included: "Proud To be a Part of", Driven, Courage, Powerful, Kind, "Willing to Help," Finally Healthy, Strong, Fastidious, Safe Haven, Sanity, 1%, Difficulty, "Lack of Understanding," Paranoid (Lack of Trust), "Latest Fad"
Look to your right! My word cloud is right under my favorite blog list. You will notice that I did not include all the words. Some I received after I created the cloud, and others I chose to leave out.
While I agree that there is a lack of understanding because the GF diet is the "latest fad," this was not something I wanted to highlight in the cloud. Same goes with paranoid. Trust me, I have been there, have felt that, and still do at times (especially when I go out to eat to a new restaurant), but I wanted to use this as a way that illustrates how powerful and positive our community is.
Yes, being gluten-free is challenging, but overall many of the people I have met have such a positive outlook on their diagnosis or their child's diagnosis. Take for instance Jill Brack of GLOW gluten-free, Jules Shepard of Jule GF Flour, Silvana Nardone Author of Cooking for Isiah and now editor of Easy Eats, and Alice Bast of The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. They all were inspired to start on a new career path as a result of their own diagnosis or because of their child's.
Of course there are going to be people that have a negative attitude about being gluten-free, but in all honesty, where does that get us? I am not saying that every moment is going to be "peaches and roses," but like Karen Morgan said at NFBC, "We have the power to ultimately define gluten-free!" So why not be positive, and optimistic? It will only help us to live our best gluten-free life.
Society already has a negative view on what it means to be gluten-free. Why feed them back with it? Instead, let's continue to band together, to spread awareness, and show the rest of the world how good gluten free life can be.
I will leave you with a telling and truthful statement. In the mist of my transition my dad said to me:
"If you are comfortable being gluten-free, others around you will be comfortable with your situation."
|Birthday Photo with dad!|
Hope everyone had a great weekend! Tell me, what did you think about the HAWMC and this final post?!