There are a lot of ways to raise awareness for Celiac Disease. From sharing posts about commonly missed signs and symptoms to donating to Celiac research, you’re sure to find a way that works for you. I raise awareness daily just by living as a Celiac. Explaining my symptoms to incredulous people, ordering the gluten free option on a menu, and turning down food at parties— all of these are tiny acts of activism. I have a lot of great friends who teach people about Celiac Disease, too. One of my friends even corrected a college professor who was making fun of “gluten free” labels on foods that seem obviously gluten free. (Trust me, gluten hides in unusual places.)
If you know me, I kind of wear my heart on my sleeve. I have a very expressive face, and I’m terrible at hiding my emotions. I can’t wear my Celiac Disease on my sleeve, but I’m pretty sure I’ve found the next best thing.
Hannah from Sunshine and Spoons has an online shop with all kinds of awareness tee shirts, bracelets, and most importantly— mugs! In honor of Celiac Awareness Month, she’s added a few new things to her shop, and she sent me a gluten free mug to try out. Now, if you’ve been here a while, you know that I love coffee and tea. What you may not know is that I collect coffee mugs! That means this is pretty much the perfect partnership, to say the least.
Green is the color for Celiac disease awareness, so the mug has a green ribbon. If that doesn’t tip you off, it actually says #CeliacDiseaseAwareness on it beneath the ribbon! Over the ribbon it says “I’m gluten free,” which I think is a great conversation starter.
Although I mainly work at home, if I worked in an office I would definitely make this my office mug. Not only would it be a great way to share some awareness, who would steal it? I mean, how many people with celiac will be at one office? (If Hannah ever offers a travel mug version, I will be the first to buy it for my Sunday job at the farmer’s market. I need all the caffeine to be peppy enough to work with people.)
Lest you think Celiac Disease is stealing the show, Hannah also has a range of EDS Awareness products since this is EDS Awareness Month! If you read her Chronic Coffee Chat a while back, you know that we’ve both been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos, so this is an important Awareness Month for us both!
If you want to grab some awareness swag for yourself, you can check out the Sunshine and Spoons shop at my affiliate link!
How do you raise awareness for important causes?