Did you know that an estimated 3 million Americans live with Celiac Disease? The numbers are astonishing. After I was diagnosed, I have experienced some of the ignorance and misinformation that surrounds Celiac Disease and other forms of non-Celiac gluten sensitivity. I believe it is important to spread awareness of these medical problems, because Celiac Disease is a serious autoimmune disease.
Dealing with a Celiac diagnosis or similar gluten intolerance is a huge lifestyle change. It is hard to find foods to eat that are both safe and healthy. Celiac Disease is complex, affecting all areas of the body. I deal with joint pain, nutritional deficiencies, secondary food allergies, pre-osteoporosis, just to name a few. Being gluten free really is only the beginning.
When entrepreneur Kaitlin Puccio was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, she too recognized the need for correct and complete information. Her answer to this was creating a website called CeliaKaye.com. Bringing her experiences with Celiac Disease to the table was extremely helpful in creating a website where visitors can get wholesome information on gluten free living, exercise, and lifestyle changes that help improve one’s mindset.
Ms. Puccio has also written a book called The Adventures of Celia Kaye, which is follows a young girl who is living with Celiac Disease. Celia avoids sharing the real reason she can’t eat certain foods with her friends. She eventually learns that she doesn’t need to avoid sharing her struggles with friends.
I really enjoyed sharing this book with my children because it explained my condition a little better to them since it was through the eyes of a child. We also have a child with suspected Celiac Disease, so he was able to better understand what happens to his body. It’s one thing to suffer as an adult, but even harder as a child who doesn’t need to be in pain.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Celiac Kaye to review. Some posts contain affiliate links which helps support the costs of running this blog.