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: If you could do anything as a health activist ...
Let's be honest. I'm a bit of a control freak. The phrase "if I was in charge" leaves my mouth multiple times weekly. I can't help it. I'm a first-class know-it-all. I always have been. So HAWMC Day 5's prompt has me power-tripping all over the place: If I could do ANYTHING as a health activist, what would I do?
Cupcakes. Gluten-free cupcakes for everyone. Good ones, too. And I'd make gluten-free products readily available and cheap, and I'd make fruits and veggies and *good* meat so much cheaper than blue-box mac and cheese. I'd train restaurant staff members what "gluten-free" really means, so celiacs could dine out safely, and I'd put Pepto dispensers in every public bathroom, just in case. I'd magically impart wisdom to medical practitioners, so that when a patient comes in with a laundry list of symptoms, and none of them make sense, they would just automatically test for celiac. I'd organize 5Ks and 10Ks and all kinds of Ks to raise money, and awareness, for my cause. I'd make it so that people, even people without celiac, would know what it is, and wouldn't belittle the severity of this illness by reducing it down to "the gluten thing." I'd make better labeling laws, and make GMOs a thing of the past. I'd hug everyone who at one point or another has broken down into ugly cries in the grocery store because they can't eat any of the things they'd come to love. I'd create a totally gluten-free spa and resort some place tropical, and I'd send all my fellow celiackies there to veg out for a week, because God knows we've all earned a break.
And also, I think I'd like to fly.