So my sweet boy and I will be taking a road trip up north to Indianapolis for the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest the weekend! I'm excited to have him attend his 1st BIG gluten-free event, where he gets to eat WHATEVER he wants!
Jack will have his own name badge as well and will sit with me at the blogger's booth for a couple of hours. HOW FUN! So make sure to stop by and say "Hi" if you see us there - we will be walking around most of the time with our Raising Jack T-shirts on - so don't hesitate to tap me on the shoulder. :)
Indianapolis holds a special place in my heart for a couple of reasons. 1) It's my hometown and 2) Jack was also diagnosed with celiac disease there.
I've waited to take Jack to one of these GF events because I really wanted him to be old enough to understand it. And also, he is not as shy as he used to be. A couple of years ago, he would have hid behind my legs if anyone came up to him or asked him questions.
I want to show Jack what I do when I go to these events, introduce him to some of my favorite gluten-free friends and most importantly, take him to an event where everyone there is like him. They understand what it's like to eat different.
Jack is now 8 years old and still doesn't truly understand his disease...I mean, understanding why your body would attack itself doesn't make sense to me, let alone an 8 year old!
But going to this event, it will give Jack some insight to what I do to help others, as well as seeing the impact of the gluten-free industry and products that are readily available for him to eat and help him along his gluten-free journey.
I'm excited to have this special time with Jack and I hope he enjoys it as much as I do.
We'll make sure to tell you all about it! Stay tuned and I hope to see a lot of you in INDY! Here's more info. on the GFFAFEST. Travel safe and come hungry!