Monday, April 1, 2013

HAWMC Day 1: Why?

All through April, I'm participating in WEGO Health's Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge. In addition to my usual posts, I'm going for 30 days of activisty content. Today's prompt: Why do you write, and why HAWMC?

I love a challenge. It's a good thing, because the past year has been chock full of them. But this month's challenge is a fun one - I'm participating in WEGO's Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge (from here on known as HAWMC). I love the folks at WEGO not only because I was nominated for one of their activist awards, but because they are supportive of all health advocates, and they encourage us to have our own voices, which is something that's becoming increasingly important to me.

So onward, to Day #1: A big, fat "Why?"
Why do I write about celiac disease? Because I have it. Because I think it's important for the world at large to know what it is. Because we're elbows deep in so many GMO foods, and both the prevalence of celiac  AND the diagnosing of it are on an upward swing. Because I like to eat out at restaurants, and don't want to end up sick. Because I've always been a rebel, and I finally found my cause. Because, in the words of the fabulous Chrissy at Glam Without Gluten, "I didn't pick this celiac, this celiac picked me." And why did I choose to participate in HAWMC? I think that question is harder to answer. I love that so many of us can come together on this project and share our own illnesses, while learning about others'. I like that it's going to challenge me as a writer, to follow 30 different prompts, in addition to my usual posting. I hope it's going to inspire at least one person to learn more about celiac.

So, to my fellow GF bloggers, why do you do what you do? And to my readers, why do you pick the blogs you pick?


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