Did you know it's Celiac Awareness Month? Well, technically, every month is celiac awareness month if you or someone you love has the disease. But in May, we pull all the stops out to flood your Facebook, Twitter and RSS feeds with messages of awareness and activism. You might be getting annoyed. But we're only a few days into the month, so hold on to your hats, cowpokes, because there's a lot more awareness yet to come.
If you're feeling adventurous, here are three of my personal favorite resources to peruse:
1. University of Chicago Celiac Disease Research Center: I cannot speak highly enough about the team of researchers at U of C and all that they are doing to find a cure. They've also organized an amazing bank of questions and answers, on just about everything celiac-related you can imagine. And their celiac gift basket program is a Godsend to the newly diagnosed. So bookmark the page. I know I did.
2. The Celiac Disease Foundation: Another hotbed of awesome celiac knowledge. You can find videos, support, tips and tricks for traveling, the whole kit AND caboodle.
3. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness: If there is a celiac resource out there, you can find it on the NFCA's Web site. Check out their "Bloggers" page for more awesome reads (including a cameo by yours truly.)
Celiac has a ridiculous number of possible symptoms (I think it's somewhere near/over 300!), and only a fraction of them are gastrointestinal. If you or someone you love has been struggling to find answers about illness, or if a relative has been diagnosed, please consider getting tested!