A Sad Goodbye

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by DanielAron, Jan 14, 2022.

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  1. DanielAron

    DanielAron Disciple (353) May 15, 2005 Illinois
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    After over 15 years of membership I am sad to say I must leave you all. Beer has been a core of my being since my first English Ale in college over 30 years ago. It's so central to me that my wife often introduces me to new people by saying things like "he gets 2 beer magazines." I take great pleasure in exploring the amazing explosion of breweries that have sprung up here in Chicago and around the country the last 15. I never tire of exploring new beers and beer styles.

    Unfortunately, the afternoon of New Years Eve my doctor sent me a message telling me I have Celiac Disease and that I must stop consuming gluten. Since then I've tried a few gluten free beers (gluten removed is no good for people with celiac). While they allow me some pleasure in being able to still drink beer, they are very far from good.

    I thought maybe I would still enjoy reading about beer. But every email and social media post about beer has been extremely depressing. So I've decided to remove myself from the community.

    Thank you all for the entertaining discussions and sharing of knowledge. It's been a joy.

    All the best,

  2. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (3,417) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania

    All the best to you sir. There is a lot to love in this world, you'll find other passions. Be happy and stay healthy!
  3. cid71

    cid71 Initiate (143) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey

    Best of luck to you and nothing but good health. Hope you find another engaging endevour (wine?) I worry about this as i get older that there will soon be a day when my doctor will say enough. I truly dont know what i would do with all that time. Slainte
  4. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,077) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming

    Best of luck to you in the future!
  5. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,641) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Hey, Daniel -

    Thanks for being a member since 2005, a subscriber to BeerAdvocate magazine (RIP), past fest attendee, and a Respect Beer Society member. I truly appreciate the support over the years. Sucks that you're leaving beer and BA, but whatever comes your way next will be lucky to grab your attention and passion.

    All the best to you and yours.

  6. JBogan

    JBogan Champion (892) Jul 15, 2007 California

    I'm so sorry to hear about your situation Daniel. Thank you for your contributions here, and best wishes to you for a bright future.
  7. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,097) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Stupid Doctors. Mine ruined my fun too. I still have the very occasional one beer, and still enjoy to come here and pretend I'm drinking the beers the folks here show and talk about. Best wishes, I hope you find enjoyments to keep you as happy as beer has done.
  8. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,251) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Farewell and good luck. My problem is this place is addictive but not severely so.
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  9. richOutsidePhilly

    richOutsidePhilly Initiate (30) Jan 27, 2021 Pennsylvania

    Sad news, but good luck. My wife and a lot of her family have the Celiac curse, so well familiar with it. Hate to admit it, but this could be a good thing for you, in the long run. And I bet/hope the short run goes by quick.
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  10. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (4,018) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Best of luck. I hope you quickly find hobbies and guilty pleasures you enjoy even more.
  11. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,362) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Sad, indeed.

    My wife and children all have celiac disease. One of my children has it so severely that it's necessary to maintain a separate kitchen and dishes in their house from the rest of the family. Even many restaurant "gluten free" menu options trigger a reaction unless the restaurant maintains enough rigor to ensure no cross-contamination.

    One of the most frustrating things is how people (including most doctors!) treat celiac as an allergy instead of what it actually is: an autoimmune disease.

    There are good celiac support groups available on the web.

    One of the good things with the faddishness of "gluten free", though, is the large variety of grocery and restaurant options now available compared with a few years ago.

    Good luck and best wishes!
  12. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Poo-Bah (3,426) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    I'm sorry to hear about the news from the doc. Thank you for all of the contributions over 15+ years. As has already been mentioned, there are many things to enjoy in this world. I hope those bring you joy and happiness.
  13. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,292) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio

    Take care and farewell. Truth be told ... you'll do just fine without Ba. Cheers !
  14. riptorn

    riptorn Zealot (527) Apr 26, 2018 North Carolina
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    Be persistent and you'll find something else to fill the void.
  15. Braunmeister_1943

    Braunmeister_1943 Disciple (308) Nov 22, 2020 Pennsylvania

    Sorry to hear about your dilemma. Fare thee well!
  16. not2quick

    not2quick Savant (900) Dec 1, 2015 Missouri
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    Folks like us who get very involved in this hobby most likely share a love (obsession) with other things in life. As @DIM said surely you have other passions, but if not seek one out that is mindful of your health. Good luck with your health and focus of other important things in your life.
  17. beerjerk666

    beerjerk666 Poo-Bah (3,216) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    Terrible news, for sure. But all things considered it could be worse.
    This may very well be a blessing in disguise.
    Life is short, too short, and there will be something that will grab your attention and you will be able to channel yourself into that now.
    Good luck!
  18. moodenba

    moodenba Zealot (564) Feb 2, 2015 New York

    I used to brew beer (between 1970 and 1986) but still subscribe to Zymurgy. Now I drink only about a six pack of alcohol-limited beers a week. I still enjoy being part of a community, even if the trends are not always up my alley. I guess I live in the past? Best wishes.
  19. BrewsOverHoes

    BrewsOverHoes Poo-Bah (1,515) Nov 17, 2013 Georgia
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    All the best to you brother. Health and family is always first. Beer is a pleasure and a vice, but not a necessity for a fruitful life.

    Cheers Daniel! :heavymetal:
  20. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (12,046) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    I hate it for you man.
  21. bret27

    bret27 Poo-Bah (1,976) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    I quit drinking for 10 years. I stepped away from ba during that time. I think that’s the right decision for you. It’s hard to try to watch from the sidelines.
  22. SILVER

    SILVER Initiate (194) Jan 3, 2007 Florida

    May I suggest, that for your next endeavor, try tequila and mescal.
    These tipples are very nuanced and interesting.
    Beware of what is referred to as "manipulated".
    Oh, they are gluten free.
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  23. ZebulonXZogg

    ZebulonXZogg Meyvn (1,002) May 5, 2015 Illinois

    Sorry to hear that, good luck In the future!
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  24. mickyge

    mickyge Poo-Bah (1,921) Nov 1, 2014 Massachusetts

    Best to you and here’s to your health
  25. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (8,367) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    I'm glad to hear you're putting your health to the forefront. Beer as a passion and hobby is a tough one to beat, but in cases like yours, you're making the right decision to step away.

    Best of luck to you in the future.
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  26. DEdesings57

    DEdesings57 Crusader (705) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey

    This definitely saddens me. I always am fearful of the day I need to make a post such as yours. I almost feel like it's just a matter of time for me personally. But I commend you on putting those words down because Im sure it was not easy for you but ultimately the right move to make. I wish you the absolute best moving forward in life and a final CHEERS! to you my fellow advocate.
  27. readyski

    readyski Defender (600) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    Wishing you the best. Remember there is a silver lining in every dark cloud.
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  28. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 Poo-Bah (2,874) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    All the best to you. May you find wonder and joy in other pursuits. And maybe, just maybe, seeing all the support coming your way will assuage the loss a little bit.
  29. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (4,197) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Rough news about the Celiac disease, but kudos to you for doing what you need to do for your health. Safe travels, sir.
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