Well, Coeliac Awareness Week has been and gone for another year, and there seems to have been some really good coverage of CD in the UK press. I think awareness weeks are very important, but to be honest this year I was simply too fatigued to take part in a meaningful way. I have been working practically non-stop to get my upcoming BBQ book finished in time (if you want updates on this, please sign up here), and the thought of having to do even more awareness work filled me with dread.
You see, every day seems to be Coeliac Awareness Day for me these days. People are actually really pushy with food and they often won’t just let you say “no thanks”. People want to know why you don’t want their sandwich/cookie/whatever. So you end up having to explain all your symptoms, the pathophysiology of coeliac disease, as well as listing eveything that might contain gluten, just to satisfy them that you have a “real” reason for refusing their food. It’s great that people are curious, and I want to do my part by educating people as much as possible, but boy does it get exhausting sometimes.
This is why CollegeHumor’s contribution to Awareness Week was probably my favourite of them all, because it pretty much exemplifies every single conversation you have when you meet new people in a social situation where there’s food. The bread offerer is my personal favourite. He’s the guy who’s just listened to you explain exactly what you can’t eat then offers you a beer.
Enjoy the video and let me know your favourite articles/videos from Coeliac Awareness Week in the comments!