October is Celiac Awareness Month. Break out the drinks and pizza to celebrate. Just make sure it's gluten free!
If you are not aware of celiac disease, as are most people, it is an auto immune disease that attacks the intestines when gluten is digested. Gluten is found in wheat, oats, barley, and rye.
Our ten-year old, Sparky, was diagnosed with celiac when he was just 19-months old. However, onset can happen anytime in life. In fact, I know a woman who was diagnosed at 70.
Unfortunately, celiac disease is terribly under-diagnosed in this country. Recent studies show that only 5% of people with celiac disease are properly diagnosed. And those who are diagnosed often suffer for years before finding relief. It's a terrible shame as celiac is 100% treatable with diet changes.
Over the month of October, I'll write more about celiac and how we live with it at our house. Stay tuned.