I’ve also stopped going to a lot of food-oriented events, Alex, because either people are like “OH THAT SUCKS DUDE” while sticking raw chocolate-blood orange-nutmeg torte into their mouths, or on the flipside of things, I end up feeling bad because I have to tell friends who intentionally made or bought some vegan and gluten-free item with me in mind that I won’t be eating it anyway, because of my current dietary restrictions. This has currently been happening at least once a week at the weekly food events I CAN’T skip for the next several months. I’m hoping that eventually they’ll catch on. Ha.
Katie, if you had a friend who was depressed and going through a crazy medical thing that she needed moral support to deal with, I suspect you’d try to help her out. This is the exact situation YOUR friends are in, and if they’re unwilling to support you even once they understand what’s going on, it speaks volumes about the quality of those relationships. But that’s awesome that you were able to help that women find GF items 🙂 This process is going to teach you a lot about special food needs, and you’ll be able to help people out at your co-op that are experiencing the same sort of frustrations that we are.