What A Support Group Is Really About

Meetings and food tastings are pretty important to many Celiacs. But yesterday, I found something far more important.

In our area, a 2 year old was very recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Her mother would have come to the conference, except the little girl was having her 6th surgery on Friday. CD is not her first major diagnosis, it’s her 6th. Already, you can see this is a harder situation than most of us have been in.

To complicate matters even more for this mother, she is single, with 5 kids (4 of them ages 1, 2, 3, and 4), and on food stamps because she can’t work and her ex-husband has nothing to do with them.

Enter the support group.

At the end of the conference, I make it my business to get productd and samples from the vendors, for the sole purpose of taking them to my support group, and using them in tastings and raffles. But yesterday, I was able to take 2 crates of food to this woman (along with a cookbook). I don’t think I can fully understand how grateful she was.

Thank you to Gifts of Nature, Glutino, Food Tek, and Schär Products for helping this woman and her family out in their time of need.

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4 Responses to What A Support Group Is Really About

  1. Glutigirl says:

    That is way awesome. I can’t imagine what she is going through.

  2. You’re an awesome volunteer, and she is lucky to have your support group. Wonderful post!

  3. Cassandra says:

    Thanks, Ginger. I felt so good that I was able to do that for her. I would have taken her things out of my own pantry (I did take a few, actually), but being able to provide her with so much felt so good.

    She called me later that evening to tell me that the little girl was delighted that she could eat the same pasta as everyone else for dinner.

  4. Arlene says:

    Oh my! What a lot that mom has on her plate! And now she can put more gf options on her daughters thanks to you! What a wonderful thing to help this mom out. I’m going to lift the little girl and her family up in prayer. If CD is her 6th diagnosis she’s got more going on than she or anyone deserves! (((hugs)))

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