Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I Get a Month!

Bet you don't have a month. Well, maybe you do. 'Cause there's like a month for everything. Even grilled cheese.

Regardless. May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month (it's also National Cauliflower Month and National Good Car Keeping Month, but I digress).

This month, my job is to make people aware of Celiac, which I kinda try to do on a daily basis anyway. Because knowledge is power. So if you have a few minutes, check out some of the fabulous bloggers I list on my Rad Reads. Or pay a visit to University of Chicago's Celiac Disease Research Center, or the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, or the Gluten Intolerance Group. You don't have to stay long, just check out some of the ways that we can all help make it easier for Celiacs to live healthy. If you are feeling particularly ambitious, make a donation (yay, tax deduction). Or pick up some of the great gluten-free products that are out there, sitting on the shelf of your local Mass Market Retailer (*cough* Wal-Mart *cough*) to support the companies that make them. And if you know someone personally in your life who has been touched by this crazy disease, let them know you get the struggle they go through every. single. day.

And if you are tired of getting the brush-off from doctors about symptoms that just won't go away, or you aren't satisfied with the diagnosis of IBS or "nervous stomach," talk to your doc about Celiac. I'm not saying that everyone who ever has indigestion should run out and order the Celiac lab workup, but be your own advocate, no matter what.

As for me, I will celebrate MY month enjoying all the delish food I've discovered after going gluten free, toasting to the wonderful people who helped me through the difficult first little while of diagnosis and basically just basking in feeling better than I have in ages.

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