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: Create a "care page."
I was really into Care Bears when I was a wee little lass*. I guess I can blame being a child of the '80s (we made a lot of questionable decisions. Mall bangs, anyone?). But who wouldn't love to live in the magical land of Care-A-Lot, with an army of little, fuzzy, adorable creatures just waiting to shoot rainbows out of their bellies at whatever trouble they ran across?
Well, I'm not that little, and since I shaved the ol' gams this morning, I'm really not that fuzzy. And while I do have the tendency to shoot stuff out of my belly, very seldom is it a happy rainbow. But I've been trying here to create a slice of Care-A-Lot in this not-so-caring world. Today's HAWMC challenge was to create a care page, but, really, I feel like I'm trying to do that in every post.
I suppose I could tell you that the best Web resources that I've found are listed here.
And that I've also found some wonderful products, and great restaurants, and fellow celiac or gluten-free bloggers to help you on your journey.
But I think the most caring thing I could tell a newly diagnosed person is this:
It will be okay. You will be okay.
You don't have to believe me. I wouldn't have believed me at first either. Changing your whole entire life is an incredibly daunting task. You will be exhausted. And angry. You might be hungry. But it will get better.
And maybe you, too, will be called to over-share your life on the Internet. And maybe one day, someone will call/e-mail/tweet you, hoping you can help them, because they just got a celiac diagnosis, and they're so overwhelmed. Pay it forward. We're all in this together.
* Full disclosure: I have a Care Bears coloring book still. Coloring helps me de-stress. De-stressing makes me less stabby. And also, it creates things for me to hang on my fridge.