After 48 years as a Boeing Company employee, I started volunteering with the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) part-time. My daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease (CD) and became the Executive Director (ED) of GIG after the founder (Elaine Hartsook) passed away. After my husband passed away in 2001, I became a full-time volunteer. I enjoy helping diagnosed patients get a comfort zone with the GFD.
I had no clue what CD was. Cynthia, her granddaughter, myself and one son are on the Gluten-Free Diet (GFD). After learning about CD and informing our families, we are learning it is showing up in both her dad’s and my families.
While my children (2 boys, 2 girls) were growing up, I volunteered with the 4-H program. The girls worked with Foods, Sewing and Dairy Animals while the boys only did Dairy. The family members were judges of the meal and baking practices. Some projects were good and a few not so good. We laugh about the not so good items. It is ironic that Cynthia was a 4-H Championship Bread Baker and then had to learn to make gluten-free bread.
I love to travel and do so any opportunity I get. If I am given an invitation to go on a trip, I am oftentimes ready and willing.
At one time, I had made the statement that I would not volunteer again. Well, that became a real falsehood as I have been with GIG since 1988.