Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Field of dreams

"French Cottage" acrylic on canvas, private collection, copyright Erin Rogers Pickering 

The movie was on TV the other night, and I watched it for the umpteenth time. It’s in my top 10, possibly top 5. I love the message.... Follow your dream, listen to the voice, stick with what has meaning to you even if others don't understand or think you are a little crazy.

Not only did Ray Kinsella create something magical that drew people to it and that had meaning to many others, but it gave him the opportunity to reconnect with his father whom he had lost years before. I love this movie but I can't watch it without crying.

I was drawn to create this blog (forgive the pun) and it struck me while watching the movie that by documenting my gluten-free journey I feel closer to my mother whom we lost 26 yrs ago. Telling my story has brought about a deep personal journey which sometimes becomes too intense for me. Explains my sporadic writing. Also explains why so many of my own postings make me cry.

I believe in my heart of hearts that my mother had celiac disease, which set the stage for stomach cancer.  This blog is an ongoing dedication to my mom who may have had a different fate had she known about celiac disease when she was young.  And dedicated to my own health & future that I am building one gluten-free day at a time.

I am building it - and SHE has come.


Rita Webb said...

Hi, I came across your site from Line A Day. I love your art work, and I read your bio.

You sound so much like me. I have a full time job, a start-up business in writing (which hasn't made a dime yet), 3 children to chase and raise, and I too have celiac disease. My children also have it.

There are times when gluten creeps back into my diet in some way that I do not expect, and I am sick for a month as I try to figure out where the problem is. Somehow I get through those times and come out on the other side, where the sun shines again.

Rita Webb said...

Hi, again! I just wrote a commentary on my gluten reaction to gluten-contaminated chocolate on my blog. I thought you might enjoy.


G.F.Veg said...

hi, you wrote to me on twitter today. i'm glad you like my site. i definitely like yours! your paintings are lovely. i have worked most of my life as a textile designer, so we have art as well as celiac in common! my relatives and i always thought the big stomach was just something on my mother's side of the family but now, without gluten, mine is the flattest it's ever been. my mom had the big stomach too and gall bladder disease, and i wonder now...celiac like me?? thanks for the blog. i'll be checking in and i hope you do the same. i will link to you as well.