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November 24, 2015

What 4 Days In Complete Solitude Taught Me As a Teenager

How many times are we really forced to be cut off from the world? No contact with others, no looking at social media or watching the news. Well, this past week, I was forced to do just that. On November 17th, I underwent a spinal tap for something that I thought would be a piece of cake. Most people would be concerned if they knew that they had to get a 6 inch needle stuck into their spine while awake, which of course I was, but not many people would think that the worst part would be the events that come after it. As I was sitting in the hospital bed getting ready for my procedure, I was wondering, "Is this going to hurt?", "Do I want to be awake?, and "What will it even feel like?" Once they made the incision I was relieved to know that I was worrying myself for nothing. Yea, there was a little bit of pain but by no means was it anything that I was expecting. (Thank god)

Fortunately, the procedure itself only lasted about a total of 30 minutes. After leaving the hospital just a little sore, I remember thinking, "Wow, that's really it?" Little did I know that a sore back was just the beginning of my many symptoms. One little thing that people don't emphasize on is that the removal of spinal fluid has the chance of causing the nerves in your brain to compress, irritate, and give an loss of equilibrium leading to a migraine. Of course, with my luck, that was exactly what happened to me. The next 4 days would most likely remain the worst of my life. They would include a debilitating migraine, constant vomiting, the inability to eat, the inability to drink, complete loss of balance, the inability to walk, and extreme sensitivity to bright light and loud noises, all for 4 days without an hour of relief. I did not eat, I did not sleep, I did not drink, simply because I could not. Instead, all I could do was lay in the dark, in pain, in quiet, while I patiently wait for the horror of symptoms to end. My head felt as if it were being stabbed in the most excruciating way possible and there was absolutely no way for me to get relief until those 4 days were done. What else was there that I could do? All I could really do was lay there in complete silence and darkness and think, because hey, what other options did I have?

November 13, 2015

14 Easy Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes!

Since Thanksgiving is coming up, I decided that I'd share these 14 gluten-free recipes for Thanksgiving that never get old. A few years back I posted a recipe every day for 14 days leading up to Thanksgiving. Those recipes are still around and just as good every year. I make about 5-10 of these each Christmas and Thanksgiving because they're all super easy and taste like real food you would eat during the Holidays. I know you'll like at least one of these recipes but I'm sure it's possible to like all of them too :)

November 9, 2015

The First Ever Gluten Free Pancake Eating Contest From The GFFA Fest!

When I attended the GFFA Fest in Indianapolis, Indiana a few weeks ago, I was pretty stoked to see that they had a gluten-free pancake contest going on. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to participate since I was running my own booth but to be honest, I'm not sure if I would have beaten these 2 anyways! The fact that one winner ate 8 pancakes in 3 minutes is beyond me, but you can definitely count on me entering the contest the next time around. Make sure to check out the GlutenAway Online Expo for more videos like these from the GFFA Fest!

October 30, 2015

Top 8 Allergen Free Pumpkin Brownies With Pumpkin Spice Icing

When Fall gets here I make sure to bring out all things pumpkin and all things gluten-free. It's sometimes a pain since a lot of these recipes contain so many ingredients. But when it comes to this recipe you only need 5. Yep, you read that correctly. Only 5 ingredients! The brownies itself only need 2 and don't necessarily need the pumpkin icing. But please listen to me when I say you're going to want the icing on there. Because trust me, you are going to want it on there! This recipe had a little bit of help from Enjoy Life Foods for providing me this awesome top 8 allergen free brownie mix. So essentially, this entire recipe is free of the top 8 allergens! I know that brownies and pumpkin may sound like a weird combo but trust me, you will not be disappointed.

At 13 Years Old I Was Given 3 Months To Live - Here's Why I Never Gave Up

When you think of a teenager, you probably think of someone who's in high school, someone who plays sports or participates in school activities, someone who has homework on the weekends or someone who hangs out with friends. For most teenagers, that's a pretty normal life. I mean, honestly, that's what the life of a teenager should be. The last 5 years of my life has been anything but that. Since the age of 13 years old, I've been forced to take on health issues that haven't let up. I've been forced to drop out of high school and leave my friends who I miss so much. I've been forced to grow up much faster than anyone else my age when I know I should just be a kid. To be honest, the last 5 years have been hard. My life hasn't been normal and I'm very well aware that it's not normal at all. But what many people don't know is what I experienced at the age of 13 years old. A lot of people don't know that I'm very lucky to be here today because 5 years ago, I was only given 3 months to live. I was given a very short amount of time where I could have given up, but instead, I chose not to.

October 23, 2015

The GFFA Fest & GlutenAway Online Expo Team Up For Some Great New Features!

So this past weekend was the first time I was actually able to fly to an expo no where close to me. I've been waiting a long time to finally meet a lot of the people I met this weekend but I'm happy to say I made it out to Indianapolis this time around. It was important for me to make it out to this event because this GFFA Fest in Indianapolis is the first event collaborated with the GlutenAway Online Expo! What does that mean exactly? Well...a lot of the speakers, booths, and companies at this event will actually be able to be viewed all from home! The physical expo in Indianapolis may be over, but the online experience is just beginning at

October 19, 2015

New Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Donuts Are Amazing! (Huge Giveaway)

I've never really been a fan of donuts but since going gluten-free, I began to miss them a lot. My favorite donuts were the ones that always came around the holiday seasons. Ginger spiced ones for Christmas, special icing ones for Easter, and of course, pumpkin flavored ones for Fall. Since going gluten-free I've been completely unable to find a good gluten-free pumpkin donut. I've been a fan of Kinnikinnick's products for a while so when I heard I'd be getting to try their new Gluten Free Pumpkin Iced Donuts, I was all over it. I'm not joking, the entire box probably only lasted about 2 days.

October 16, 2015

Join the Teal Pumpkin Project & Get A Paint Kit Delivered Right To Your Door!

2 years ago I was made aware of the Teal Pumpkin Project. Since then, I've been a huge supporter of the idea after seeing it catch on. If you aren't aware of what the project is, it's pretty simple! If you have allergy free treats at your house on the night of Trick Or' Treat, set a teal pumpkin out to let everyone know! It's a great idea for food allergy kids, but getting the paint and tools can be a hassle. That's why I created a Teal Pumpkin Painting Kit so you can get everything you need delivered right to your door. You can Buy These Kits Here For Only $5!