Recipes - that's what gets shared the most - naturally. That's what we all want.
Recipe sites are the most popular sites.
But I'm not competing in a popularity contest. I just want to increase celiac awareness.
I tried to encourage others to share some information with their local schools
(as detailed in this post). The post received several shares, but while even with the all the clicks and shares and positive comments, the results were extremely minimal (so far). And I'm extremely disappointed.
I'm either disappointed in myself for failing to present this effort in an effective way, or for failing to reach out in the best way - or I am disappointed in the celiac community for thinking "someone else" will do it.
I'm not sure where the hang-up is. But "someone else" isn't doing it.
I added links to a School Nurse Celiac Education program (Gabriel's Journey) in this book, Gabriel's Gluten Free Surprise, and offered to donate $1.00 to that program for every copy sold in the month of October, (as well as the identical versions Adam's and Hailey's Gluten Free Surprise). I hoped others would share a copy with their local school and ask them to seek the information offered so that their school nurses could start recognizing celiac symptoms in their students.
A simple way to increase awareness and to decrease the time between onset of symptoms and diagnosis.
Unfortunately, this has had a sad turnout (less than 10 so far).
Not sure what I'm doing wrong - but I do know - It takes a village.
We continue to hear of kids (and adults) who exhibit symptoms for months - and years! - before being diagnosed. This is a simple way to help increase awareness.
I hope you participate. Please share this School Nurse Celiac Education program with your school (or any School Nurse Celiac Education program, if there is another you are aware of) - either through Gabriel's Gluten Free Surprise, or some other book or method.
Help a School Nurse Recognize Celiac Signs and Symptoms