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Summer travel can pose some pretty interesting dilemmas to those of us with food allergies, food sensitivities, and Celiac Disease. If you’re like me, one of the estimated 20 million Americans with some variety of gluten-sensitivity, summer travel can cause more headaches than a delayed flight or highway construction.
May 15-June 15 is Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month. It’s estimated that three to six out of every 1,000 children has Tourette Syndrome. Tourette Syndrome is an inherited syndrome, so if one parent has a dominant Tourette Syndrome gene, there is a 50% chance the child will develop Tourette Syndrome. Males are three times more likely to develop, and 75% of children with Tourette Syndrome develop tics before the age of 11.
June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month. Although PTSD has been brought to the nation’s attention by the staggering number of war veterans who return home with it, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder doesn’t just occur in veterans. An estimated 7.7 million Americans have PTSD. One in 10 women will develop PTSD in her lifetime, and 50% of those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder don’t seek treatment.
Huntington’s Disease is a hereditary brain disorder that affects people of every race, all over the world. In the United States, Huntington’s Disease occurs in about one in 10,000 people, and currently, about 30,000 people in the U.S. have Huntington’s Disease. Up to 200,000 people in the U.S. are at risk of developing Huntington’s Disease in their lifetime.
When it comes to Summer, aside from the warm weather and pretty flowers, my favorite part is cooking out with friends and family. Since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, however, I look at barbecues a bit differently. Instead of seeing a delicious spread of potato salad, coleslaw, and chips, I see unknown cooking surfaces, mystery seasonings, and cross-contamination risks.
Traumatic Brain Injuries affect 1.7 million people annually. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a form of acquired brain injury that occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. A TBI can happen when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and then enters the brain. Concussions are the most common form of Traumatic Brain Injury.
May 11-17 is National Food Allergy Awareness Week. Nearly 6 million children live with Food Allergies— That’s one in 12.
Like most, I deal with stress on a daily basis. Whether the stress is coming from my schedule, planning my wedding, or dealing with an unruly puppy, it can weigh heavily on my day-to-day life. Obviously, stress isn’t good for anyone’s health, but for those of us who live with autoimmune diseases, stress can have more direct, health-related impacts.
Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time for blooming flowers, budding trees, freshly cut lawns, itchy noses and tight chests. Spring is the peak season for those living with Asthma and Allergies, so it’s a great time to spread awareness about the diseases that affect over 60 million Americans.
Celiac Disease Awareness Month is very close to my heart. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease almost a year and a half ago, and although it's something I live pretty comfortably with now, it wasn't a happy or easy diagnosis to get by any means.
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