What bothers me is what has bothered me since I discovered how many are un and mis diagnosed. Its what has bothered me for 15 years now - the HUGE lack of proper testing. Its the fact that SO many have deteriorating physical and mental health because of the lack of testing, and awareness, and education of something so "simple" as diet change. Its the kids who are getting yelled at and disciplined for behaviors they can't control. Its the moms who are depressed and so completely fatigued, unable to give their all to their kids - and the guilt that goes with it. Its the patients in the hospital who are fed gluten even though they are gluten intolerant. Its the kids who just lost their daddy because celiac was detected too late or not at all. Its my past life that was "less than" because I spent the first 40 years with undetected symptoms (and the family it affected - and sometimes "took down" with me.) And it irritates me that there has to be the struggle now for those who we have made progress for in jokes and eyerolls because it is not always taken as seriously as it needs to be (because of those who have given this diet the appearance of "the new thing to do.")
Yes, it irritates me that these jokes are made. It bothers me for the kids whose lives are saved with a gluten free diet - and more for those who are suffering because no one knows their lives would be so much different gluten free.
Please do celebrate in the change that was made this week - But don't stop there! Let it fuel you knowing you can make so much more change. Let if fuel you to educate. Let it fuel you to call your local hospital and ask how they handle special diets. Share books and material with your local school nurse, whether you have kids in school or not. Changes CAN be made - and you are a part of it - and need to be a part of it. If its one hospital, one school, or one person - you can make that change.
"Gluten" was removed from one ad. Now lets add "gluten free" education where it needs to be - schools and hospitals.
Side note: those who decide to be gluten free even though they don't "need" to be (we see this all the time.) But who says they don't "need" to be. Gluten intolerance is HUGE. I wonder how many discover improved health with it. Good for them. Its not just for those of us with our "Celiac Certificate" proudly framed on the wall.
Keep on making a difference.