Saturday, April 27, 2013

HAWMC, to Infinity and Beyond

All through April, I was supposed to be participating in WEGO Health's Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge. It was supposed to be 30 days of activisty content. I've got several posts in the works right now of the NOT HAWMC variety, but I do want to finish out the last few days' worth of prompts. Here goes.
Day 21 - Adversity: It sounds so romantic to say that you thrive best under adversity. Like, that you have some superhuman strength or poise. And maybe some people do. But honestly? I believe we all have our crosses to bear, our issues to face. Yeah, being chronically ill isn't exactly a picnic. It probably does make me more compassionate, more aware. But would I turn down the chance to live adversity-free? Likely not.

Day 22 - Day to Day: For this prompt, I get to feel like Oprah, except instead of giving away my favorite things, I just get to list them. It's sort of the same, isn't it? So, in no particular order, here are ten things that make my gluten-free life waaaaaay better: Red Apple Lipstick, vanilla almond milk, Schar pasta, Udi's bread, Sweet Ali's anything, Kiss My Face lotion, my rice cooker, San-J tamari sauce, EOS lip balm and my GF community.

Day 23 - Technology: The prompt today asks us to think about a life without social media. I immediately rolled up into fetal position, because the idea is so terrifying to me. Over-dramatic, I know, but honestly, social media has saved my life since my diagnosis. Without the sense of community, the ready answers, the friendship - I would be totally lost. Even something as looking for a recipe on my Kindle pre-dinner takes me to Twitter, or Facebook, or someone's blog. Not to mention the support I get from my GFFs, both virtually and in real life. So no, don't want to lose social media.

Day 24 - Wordless Wednesday: This is a Pinterest prompt. But I have a confession: I am scared poopless of Pinterest. I already have a bit of a dependance on technology - I'm afraid by hopping down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest, I will never, ever get anything else accomplished. Ever. So since I don't need another time suck, I'm going to pass:)

Day 25 - Learning: If I had to share one thing I've learned, it's that you're not alone. It's trite, and a little cheesy, but 100% true. When you are dealing with chronic illness, it's very easy to feel isolated, despite your best efforts. But somewhere, right now, someone else is dealing with the very same issues.

Day 26 - Pain-Free Pass: If I could go symptom-free for ONE special day, it would have to be my sister's upcoming wedding. I'm the matron of honor, a job I've already rocked once GF, but it would be so nice to be able to focus JUST on wedding things and not on being all celiac-y.

Day 27 - Titles: Asking a librarian for great books? Get ready for a long list. Here's my fave GF lifestyle books:
Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic by Peter Green
Real Life with Celiac Disease by Melinda Dennis
Living Gluten-Free for Dummies by Danna Korn
Gluten Free, Hassle Free by Marlisa Brown
The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook by Carrie Forbes
Eat Like a Dinosaur by the Paleo Parents

Day 28 - Must Follow: If you're on the Twitter machine, here's a list of awesome people you should follow. If you're not following me, you should do that, too:) I can be found @divinemissliss. Also add:
@cravebakeshop, @geekilyGF, @celiacbeast, @tasteguru, @GlutenAway, @GFreeLaura, @mindfulpeaceom, @CeliacBeast. @glamwithoutgluten, @betsybetsybetsy, @frannycakesblog, @ManagingGFree, @GfreeJanelle, @RedAppleLipstic

Day 29 - Congratulations: Today I'm supposed to write about why I'm awesome, and let's be honest, it's tough to narrow it down (I kid. Sort of). Let's see. I think I rock because I'm compassionate, and a pretty smart cookie. I have a wacky sense of humor, and I try to fight the good fight every day to be a genuinely good person. And I have awesome taste in shoes.

Day 30 - Recap: It was a lot harder than I thought to do all 30 prompts, even breaking them into chunks like I did for the back end of the month. It was great to do some evaluating, and if I had writer's block, this would be a great way to get the juices flowing. I do think some posts were a little reflective for the nature of my blog, so next year, I might journal instead of blog. But I think anything I can write to raise awareness is a good thing, and as I wrap up this month, I'm getting ready with some awesome posts for my second annual Celiac Awareness Month in May.

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