Sunday, May 1, 2011

May awarness: Celiac awareness and an inspired giveaway

Almost two years ago I was diagnosed with Celiac.

Being diagnosed has been of the most amazing and heart breaking things in my life. I was so glad to know what was wrong and what to do, but having something that can't be cured and that causes you a lot of pain all the time kind of sucks. Today I am more thankful than pissed.

Getting diagnosed was the hardest part. Weekly I would go to the doctor complaining of constant pain, inability to move and keep food down. No one took me seriously. I got treated for the ulcers , but that's it. After six months of Doctors appointments things got worse. I began to throw up after every meal , spend hours hunched over in pain and finally there was blood when I threw up. I ended up in the emergency room with friends around me watching me act goofy on pain meds and finally with some relief I knew I had to make things happen. And I did, after 30lbs of weight loss, ulcers and puked up blood I was diagnosed with Celiac.

The journey did not stop there and it is still going on today. Celiac is an autoimmune disease with no cure, so their are tons of journeys like mine that are going on right now . When a person with Celiac eats gluten they have a immune mediated toxic response and basically your body attacks itself. It can vary from an annoyance to a severe case like mine. With no cure or treatment , aside from a GF diet, we need research,funding for that research and most of all awareness. So, with May being Celiac awareness month I want to raise awareness. Say hey world Celiac is real and its not going away so lets get some help.

I am hosting a Team gluten free t-shirt giveaway( see below) where all money from the purchase goes to Celiac research, a Celiac safe care package giveaway and I have also set up a donation button on my blog. All donations received will be given to the team gluten free website where all money goes to :
  • Camp scholarships for Celiac children
  • Celiac disease research
  • Celiac disease awareness programs (both physician and general public)
To makes a donation look to the side and click the pay pal donate button, my hopes are to raise 150$. I am only keeping it up for the month of May, so if you can or want too feel free. But this is about awareness not money!
To enter this giveaway sign your name below and an email where I can contact you !
Please spread the news I would love a bunch of people to enter this so I have the opportunity to help a cause close to my heart!

Here's the shirt!!


And Here is an example of what YOUR yummy GF giveaway might look like...with chocolate and all !


Cheers!!!
Nic

26 comments:

Kim4leafclover said...

I donated, big hugs :)

libby said...

it's so cute and such a pretty color!! good choice, love <3 I posted a link about it on my facebook fanpage. Hopefully you'll get more people <33333

Derrick said...

Good luck nicsilly bonderud_21@yahoo.com

Tesa said...

i_am_tesa@yahoo.com
simple enough lol. good luck!

moomoomaryx5 said...

Donated hun, hope it helps. Love you Mary
moomoomaryx5@yahoo.com

Jon Hernandez said...

Hernandezj0122@yahoo.com :)

Michelle Reynolds said...

Meesh0305@msn.com

Hugs girl!

Joelle kindle said...

yay! piercyj3@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

David Nichols Jr
and my email address is surprise: davidnicholsjr@gmail.com
I will also donate what I can when I get paid. Hope all is well.

Rach said...

What a great blog! You are so inspirational! If you get the time to check out my blog I would love to hear your opinions, I'd really apprieciate it!

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Anonymous said...

Georgette Yaipen
tkida1007@yahoo.com

:)

Dallas said...

You are so amazing and caring towards other people. Everyday your heart grows bigger and bigger and I love you. Your boy.

Anonymous said...

I think it's wonderful that you are spreading awareness!

Felicia
Pinkfeesha@yahoo.com

Cami said...

Hey Girly! I donated and I hope you reach your goal :)

<3 Cami

cami.brisbo@gmail.com

artichoke said...

It's so nice of you to give back to the cause with a personal giveaway like this. The drs thought I had a gluten allergen a few years ago and it was really hard to adjust to a new diet (especially when you're on a college campus and they don't offer much). My cousin also has it. It's tough. Just keep your head up, though :)

artichokedesigns at yahoo dot com

Nicole Smith said...

I am so happy that you are raising awareness! Great job!

Nicole Smith
nicole_marie_smith@yahoo.com

Wendy @ Celiacs in the House said...

I am so inspired by your efforts for celiac awareness. It takes all of us and our stories to change things.

Gwen Dreyer said...

Good luck Nic! I can't donate right now, but I hope you reach your goal! *hugs*

Karen said...

I am definitely a member of 'Team Gluten Free', and like you while it can be a hassle, I am grateful for an answer. Great job getting the word out. Hope you have smashing success!

Molly Rose said...

You go girl!



-Molly Rose

mollyrose89@yahoo.com

BLKnAZN2hot4u said...

Amber Lowery
BLKnAZN2hot4u@aol.com

Joelle said...

Hey! I made a blog and I threw a little adverstisement of you in there about the GF awareness! lol. just thought i'd let you know! my thing it http://john1010.blogspot.com i think thats right! lol.

Debbie Rollings said...

FerrariFan64@q.com

daddyOandHoney said...

Just was diagnosed last week, I'm a beginner and learning more each day. Joy is where my heart is at this point. Thank you for the awareness you are bringing. Peace.

cathieorozco@gmail.com

Ashley said...

If you don't know my name by now, we have nothing left to discuss :)
person_of_letters@yahoo.com

Nic said...

ha love you lover