Being a hard working mother of six, Catherine Whitty had more than her hands full when one day, everything she was used to and the life she had known up until that day, collapsed around her.
All the children had flown the nest and were settled with their own lives, and Catherine, used to always being busy, felt that the days were a little too long and quiet so she decided to offer her services and experience as a home-help in her community.
This was a job that she loved and having spent over an hour in her company myself, I know for certain that she must have been great company for the elderly and lonesome.
Disaster struck one day whilst enjoying a cup of tea and a bit of cake with one of the ladies she had just cleaned for, and she all of a sudden felt her tongue begin to swell and she immediately became desperately ill indeed.
After having gone through the trauma of collapsing in the doctor`s surgery, Cathy was diagnosed with having suffered an anaphylactic shock and during her hospital stay, she was "taken off" practically any kind of food produce as a preliminary caution and through the process of elimination, she and her doctors tried to figure out where this bolt from out of the blue had come from. It was for certain a shock to Cathy, as she had never before experienced anything like this.
One can only imagine how scary it must have been, not knowing if what you eat will harm you and send you into yet another allergic shock, so Cathy allowed herself a diet of only rice and potatoes at the beginning, to prevent anything from aggravating, and to give her digestive system a well-earned break.
But, we are humans and we do love flavour and variety, and what Cathy missed the most, as a forever baking mother of six, was freshly baked bread...
As luck would have it, a friendly neighbour suggested her trying to use Spelt, as regular wheat tends to be harsher on the stomach, and she immediately set off to find some from the local health food shop as this could be her savior.
Needless to say, the first try of her freshly baked Spelt bread was a very nervous occasion, as she didn`t know how she was going to react and, she tells me, she sat at the table with the insulin pen ready in hand, in case things were going to go very wrong!