The First Step is the Hardest

For quite some time I’ve had a few friends asking me “why aren’t you writing a blog?”  I’m sure I came up with lots of lame excuses that they saw through immediately.  The truth is that blogs can be hard to keep up, you always have to have topics to write on.  As time has gone by, I’ve realized that I probably have more than enough to write about so I’m taking the hardest step, the first step.

This blog is called “Miss Silly Yak” for important reasons.  I have Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disease where gluten (the protein found in wheat, barley and rye) causes my villi (the little finger like projections in my small intestine) to not absorb nutrients.  We all need nutrients to live so no absorption of nutrients = no longer living.  We found this out the hard way because my family almost lost my dad to this disease.  Soon after he was diagnosed and finding out that direct family members are very likely to have Celiac Disease, I got tested and tested positive.

But, back to the name “Miss Silly Yak”.  Celiac sounds very much like “Silly Yak” and that is a nickname that my friends Jammie and Shawna call me.  It’s a term of endearment and a name that I kind of enjoy as I like to have fun and it’s a great conversation starter.  It just somehow, I think, fits me.

I’m writing this blog for a few reasons.  While I do write a column for a local paper, there are sometimes things that come up that aren’t newspaper worthy or newspaper appropriate or I just feel like writing in the middle of the week because something is bothering my brain.  I also hope to educate people on what Celiac Disease is, what it’s like living with it and how I overcome obstacles that land in my way.  I hope that you will follow me, listen to what I have to say and have a few laughs.

Welcome to the first step:  Miss Silly Yak’s opening blog!