I am attempting the Wego Health Activist Writers’ Month Challenge. A post each day in April. So, now that I told you I am going to do it, I oughta follow through, right? Today’s prompt is to thank a few of your fellow activists for what they have done.
I mentioned some of my favorites on Day 4 of this challenge, so my apologies if some of this feels like a repeat.
There are some lovely ladies in the gluten-free world. Ones who fight the good fight every day to bring awareness. There are so very many who I consider to be friends, but I want to take a couple of paragraphs to talk about just a few of them. To give you an idea of the variety of activists that my community has.
Brandy Wendler, Mrs. Alaska International 2012, Mrs. Northwest International 2013
I was kind of terrified of Brandy the first time I met her. She is pretty, incredibly intelligent and darn funny. She can grab and hold the attention of a room full of people. And she can make them care. I was lucky enough to spend a whole weekend with her in San Francisco this year, and I can tell you she is the real deal. She travels the country talking about Celiac disease, gluten-free diets and heart health.
Kyra Bussanich, 2-time Cupcake Wars Winner
I actually met Brandy through Kyra at an expo just over a year ago. Kyra is taking the gluten-free fight to mainstream media with 2 wins and 2 second-place finishes on Food Network’s crazy popular Cupcake Wars. Her gluten-free cupcakes beat out traditionally baked ones every time. If you ever get the chance, you need to stop by her bakery outside of Portland, Oregon.
Aime Valpone, Culinary Nutritionist, Personal Chef, Author Extraordinaire, Health Conqueror
This lady is a force to be reckoned with, and I hope that I have just one quarter of her optimism. She came back from an incredibly painful mystery illness that doctors gave her just days to live and is now rocking the healthy-eating world. Her struggles closely mirror mine, and her positive, encouraging posts and delicious yet healthy recipes are inspiration for anyone who is struggling with any health or diet issues.
Candice Clifford, Bravely blogging about gluten, CRPS and grad school
Candice is incredible. I do not know how she handles a blog, grad school and CRPS all at once. And with such poise. I had a hard enough time just living gluten-free at her age, her strength through her struggle is incredibly inspiring.