Love is all around
Excuse the gross headline, over the top right? Ugh!
However, despite its cliche-ness and general ickiness, this is the only way I can think of to properly explain how I am feeling right now.
Yesterday, I had ventured out into the world of posting my blog on the two Facebook groups that have been a lifesaver to me lately, and I ran into some slight issues that for me, caused a considerable amount of distress because I had been so nervous about putting myself out there in the first place.
Anyhow, a wonderful lady rode in on a white horse (well that is how it felt to me as I was absolutely drowning in self-doubt) and reminded me that while I might have experienced some issues with this post, that she thought I was doing a good job and to hang in there.
Later, I went to my partner’s home for a postponed Valentine’s Dinner, and while I had been worried about how he would handle the FODMAP issues with the food (even though he has been amazingly supportive, I understand that wrapping your head around this thing is difficult when you aren’t living and breathing it) I was confident of an amazing and romantic night ahead regardless of whether I could eat or not (and I had some toast before heading over just to be safe, sorry babe!).
I certainly wasn’t disappointed overall, my man knows how to bring it, but he made me feel silly for thinking that the food may be a cause for concern – man did he deliver!
We are talking sesame and parmesan coated chicken with salad, and a side of hot sweet potato chips – all made himself after extensive research into low-FODMAP options. (I am going to get the recipe and share it with you, because it is AH-MAZING). That was combined with a FODMAP-friendly beverage (vodka with soda water and a lime wedge), and followed up with lactose-free icecream. He had even managed to not question me too much in finding out what I could have, outside of asking a few days ago (in what he thought was a very subtle attempt) if I can eat sesame seeds lol.
Anyway, the point of this post – is to remind myself and others, that support is all around, even when it doesn’t feel like it.
Sometimes you get it from where you expect it to come from, and sometimes from where you don’t expect it, but the important thing is that it is there, you only need to look. So if you are struggling, please don’t hold back in reaching out – to your friends, to your family, to strangers on the internet (even throw me a line on my facebook page or through the contact form on this site), you will be surprised at the support that you will find. And most importantly, don’t give up.