"Your confidence will grow knowing the charity is there." Joanna Knowles, 39
Having someone to talk to who understands is especially important at this time of year.
Joanna talks about how Coeliac UK has made a difference to her. She's also shared her fantastic poem about having coeliac disease at Christmas.
“Coeliac UK is like having a comfort blanket to fall back on. Their newsletters are a constant reminder that I am not alone and that having this disease is not something to be afraid of, but something that can be managed and I can be positive about.
"It is always reassuring to know they are there when I need to check Food and Drink Information, which is especially important at Christmas!”
A Coeliac Christmas
By Joanna Knowles
Glutinous Christmas cake, powdery mince pies,
Floury roast potatoes and full-tummied sighs.
Lumpy bread sauce and stockings full of treats,
Chocolate selection packs and bowls full of festive sweets.
Christmas as a coeliac can appear daunting at first,
Your tummy lying empty while others are fit to burst.
The stuffing, the gravy, seemingly all out of reach.
Will your plate lie there empty while watching the Queen’s speech?
But don’t be disheartened, there is help at hand.
For Coeliac UK are there for you, they understand.
Their website is brimming with information aplenty,
Their social media pages speak to you almost directly.
For Christmas won’t be daunting when Coeliac UK are around,
A place where advice, guidance and recipes can be found.
Your Christmas treats can be made, the dinner can be enjoyed.
Gluten free dinner will become a sight to behold.
Your confidence will grow knowing the charity is there.
You’ll reach out to the free from community, knowing they care.
You’ll still host your parties; you’ll laugh and you’ll cheer.
You’ll toast old Saint Nick with your gluten free beer.
Your guests will exclaim, ‘can this all be gluten free?’
As they pile up their plates with creamy mountains of brie.
Biscuits, crackers, crisps and all sorts of fresh bread
Are readily available, leaving your guests happily fed.
Gluten free Christmas cake, free from mince pies,
Tasty roast potatoes and full-tummied sighs.
Homemade bread sauce and stockings full of treats,
Chocolate selection packs and bowls full of free from sweets.
Yes, Christmas as a coeliac can appear daunting at first,
But your tummy won’t lie empty while others are fit to burst.
The stuffing, the gravy, are all within reach.
Your plate will be piled high, while watching the Queen’s speech.