There's many days that I would go about my blog and think I'm not doing enough, that I could be doing better, and would wonder I'm doing is actually making a difference. A lot of the things I write I am very critical about. Every little detail about my blog and posts matters to me, and sometimes I don't think about the one little thing that I always overlook. My age. I'm 16 and could be like any other teenager in the world. I could be going about life only worrying about myself, and choose to mope about my situation like many other teens I see. But I choose not to. One thing I need to do is sit back and realize what I'm actually contributing to the gluten-free community and how I couldn't do it without any of you. That's exactly what I hope to express with this post by just giving some thanks to many of you that have helped me along the way.
To me there truly is no better feeling to me than hearing I've impacted someone's life with something as simple as my story. I love hearing that I helped a person or family in some way with something I'm dealing with too. The responses I've gotten over the last couple months have been some of the nicest things anyone has have ever said to me and is something I always value with each comment I get. Here are just some of them that have reeaally made my day!
"I only know you from your posts but am so impressed, at 15, your celiac knowledge & ability to explain complex stuff far surpasses most in the medical community. Dream big kid, you are an inspiration!"
"I think you reaching out and letting people know about your story is very impacting. I know many people won't understand the seriousness of it, but you may be saving some lives."
"Taylor, you're awesome! HUGE help to the community. I'm kind of jealous of you that you're such a rockstar at such a young age! You're going to have an amazing following in a few years! Great things are ahead for you!"
"With your story and educating people about this, you may be persuading some people to adjust their lifestyle and to be more cautious about their health, stress and the food they eat!"
"Like other people have stated you are very well read and intelligent! Celiac disease is so hard to explain, and you have done an amazing job! You will do big things. Keep at it!"
Over the past year, I've gotten the opportunity to help many more people than I could ever hope for through my blog. A lot of it on my part has been from hard work, and just learning to never giving up. But out of all the things I think has helped me most, it truly is the people that have just supported me along the way. There will be many people I thank and list off below! (Which I'm REALLY hoping I don't forget any!) But one person I am extremely thankful to of finally connected with is someone my age named Breann. I've gone years without being able to really relate to anybody my age or even have someone my age to just connect with that has Celiac Disease. It really means a lot to me that I do finally have someone to connect with and share so many things with where I actually don't sound crazy on the other end. She's someone I'm very happy to of met and is someone I hope to stay connected with far into the future!
But if there is one person I couldn't thank more, that person would definitely be mom. She has been by my side the whole time and has been my #1 supporter. She has always told me what I'm doing is making a difference in the world and would let me know how proud of me she is for what I'm doing each day. There's absolutely no way I could of ever had the will to keep at my blog if it wasn't for her in my life. I am thankful everyday for the support I get from both of my parents and I could never thank them enough for all the support they have given me throughout the last year.
Now..on to the awesome people that I can't thank enough!
Allie M. - I wanted to thank you for the awesome tips and view you give on being gluten-free in college. I know that it will be something I have to deal with here in a couple years so learning some things from you now I think is going to really help me a lot in the future. I really like your blog and can't wait to share your guest post you did for me! Thanks Allie!
Andrew C. - I have really appreciated you taking the time to reach out to me and just talk a little bit to get to know each other better. Featuring me in your GF magazine meant a lot to me to be in and I would really enjoy being able to meet up with you some time in the future. Thanks again for everything you helped me with!
Cindy DG. - You've really helped me out pretty much from the very beginning and have been such a great supporter along the way. Letting me have a spot on the side of your page was something I really appreciated and I really look forward to your Gluten-free Fridays each week! Thanks again for all your help and support Cindy!