Celiac Awareness to me is a chance for the community to come together with one streamlined theme and educate that message around the globe. This is a time to support each other, have open conversation and invite debate. I feel spoiled living inside my celiac bubble of wonderful people I talk to everyday. I forget sometimes that there are over 300 million people in this country who have no reason to care about gluten or celiac disease.
Advocates fill our community researching, writing and educating tirelessly everyday for little to no pay. Why do we do it? We do it because it needs to be done and we have chosen to be a part of the solution instead of the problem.
We all want to eat safely, without fear and to stay healthy. Only about 15-20% have to date been confirmed through diagnosis and 60% of those are women. Men need to get tested earlier and not ignore the possible symptoms; especially if other family members have been diagnosed.
How can we accomplish this as a COMMUNITY? By putting our feelings aside for the greater good and passing one message, one tag line that everyone (or a whole heck of a lot of people) share. Like, Ellen’s picture from the Oscar’s crashed twitter because it was retweeted so often in such a short period of time. It was also mentioned on the news, talk shows, the picture was seen everywhere. Making history with community support. That sounds like a pretty great idea to me.
Change starts one person at a time creating a domino effect of education passed through the masses. This movement is happening now, how can we celebrate Celiac Awareness for ourselves and reach as many people as possible? What would your #Hashtag be?