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Rare Disease Day

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Today is Rare Disease Day!

NORD is the official US sponsor of Rare Disease Day®, which occurs on the last day of February each year. On Rare Disease Day, millions of patients and their families around the world share their stories to promote awareness of the challenges, hopes and needs of those living with rare diseases.

A disease or disorder is defined as rare in the USA when it affects fewer than 200,000 Americans at any given time. 80% of rare diseases have identified genetic origins whilst others are the result of infections (bacterial or viral), allergies and environmental causes, or are degenerative and proliferative. 50% of rare diseases affect children.

Over 6000 rare diseases are characterised by a broad diversity of disorders and symptoms that vary not only from disease to disease but also from patient to patient suffering from the same disease.

Relatively common symptoms can hide underlying rare diseases leading to misdiagnosis and delaying treatment. Quintessentially disabling, the patients quality of life is affected by the lack or loss of autonomy due to the chronic, progressive, degenerative, and frequently life-threatening aspects of the disease.

The fact that there are often no existing effective cures adds to the high level of pain and suffering endured by patients and their families. Doctors are taught, "when you hear hoof beats, think horses not zebras." This is why those with rare diseases often refer to themselves as zebras and wear zebra print awareness pins.

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Celiac Disease Awareness Day!

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Today is Celiac Disease Awareness Day!

Celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is a digestive and autoimmune disorder that results in damage to the lining of the small intestine when foods with gluten are eaten. Gluten is a form of protein found in some grains. The damage to the intestine makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients, especially fat, calcium, iron, and folate.

What Causes Celiac Disease?
Normally, the body's immune system is designed to protect it from foreign invaders. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system forms antibodies to gluten which then attack the intestinal lining. This causes inflammation in the intestines and damages the villi, the hair-like structures on the lining of the small intestine. Nutrients from food are normally absorbed by the villi. If the villi are damaged, the person cannot absorb nutrients properly and ends up malnourished, no matter how much he or she eats.


What Are the Symptoms of Celiac Disease?
Symptoms of celiac disease vary among sufferers and include:
Digestive problems (abdominal bloating, pain, gas, diarrhea, pale stools, and weight loss), a severe skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis Iron deficiency anemia (low blood count), musculoskeletal problems (muscle cramps, joint and bone pain), growth problems and failure to thrive (in children), seizures, tingling sensation in the legs (caused by nerve damage and low calcium), aphthous ulcers (sores in the mouth), and missed menstrual periods.


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World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day

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It's World IBD Day! 💩

Guess what time it is… Time for another enthralling installment of the awareness blog! I know I’ve kept you on the edge of your seat since last week’s post. I actually really loved last week’s post. I learned so much, so I hope you guys enjoyed it as well. Today’s topic is gonna be a fun one. Today is Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day! Please, please, settle down, we’ve got a lot of crap to get through. Oops. Poop pun. Yeah, it’s gonna be that kind of day.

Okay, so, what’s inflammatory bowel disease, right?! It simultaneously sounds very specific and totally vague. Well, first off, inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is kind of an umbrella term for a few diseases, the two most common of which are Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. Inflammatory bowel disease is when the digestive tract experiences chronic inflammation. That may not sound quite as serious as it actually is, but if you recall from my Celiac disease post a few weeks back, chronic inflammation leads to permanent damage. Over time, even mild to moderate inflammation that occurs on a fairly regular basis can lead to serious long term and permanent injury. This is true for all kinds of inflammation, really, not just in the digestive tract. Treating chronic inflammation is crucial in preventing long-term issues wherever the inflammation may occur. Inflammation prevents the digestive tract from functioning properly, which can interfere with how well it functions. If the digestive system doesn’t function normally, it can cause all sorts of issues, from constipation to malnutrition. Inflammatory bowel disease can be life threatening, although it is very rare. Most people undergoing treatment for inflammatory bowel disease do not reach such a dire point.

Let’s explore the symptoms further. Depending where the inflammation occurs in the digestive tract, symptoms can include: The number one symptom for those with IBD is number two, more specifically, diarrhea (which can become very severe). Diarrhea occurs when your intestines are unable to reabsorb water, which is also why it can be so dangerous. If your body cannot absorb the fluid it needs, dehydration will occur. Dehydration can be very serious, resulting in organ failure in a worst-case scenario. With modern medicine, and products like Gatorade, people don’t normally reach that point anymore. It can cause fainting and kidney function issues, dryness (particularly chapped lips), headaches, and a whole bunch of other problems even in early stages, though. Another symptom of inflammatory bowel disease is stomach pain. Stomach pain can manifest in the form of mild cramps, to severe bloating and pain. Sometimes, the pain can be due to a bowel blockage. Most patients with IBD do experience some level of stomach pain from the disease, but not necessarily from an obstruction. Weight loss can occur with inflammatory bowel disease. This can be from the chronic diarrhea, or from the intestines inability to break down food and absorb the nutrients properly. Not absorbing nutrients well can cause serious deficiencies in the body, which can lead to issues such as anemia, or other vitamin and mineral deficits. The body relies on proper nutrition in order to maintain itself, and not getting the required nutrition can cause problems in all organs. There is also a symptom called hematochezia, which basically causes blood to appear in the stool because of bleeding ulcers along the digestive tract. Obviously, internal bleeding is never ideal, and you should see a doctor immediately if this occurs. That feels like a “duh” statement, but just in case, I gotta throw it out there. Inflammatory bowel disease is also sometimes associated with other health problems not related to the digestive tract, such as inflammation of the eyes, arthritis, and various skin disorders.

I think we should take a closer look at ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, and discuss the differences between the two.

Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, starting at the mouth and ending at the anus. Crohn’s disease is when any part of the gastrointestinal tract experiences inflammation, which can vary in severity and symptoms. The disease can be chronic, and progressive, meaning that the severity of a person’s condition can increase over time. Since symptoms are dependent on what part of the gastrointestinal (or GI) tract is affected, and vary from person to person, there’s no real standard for what the disease looks like. Instead, patients have to learn what the disease looks like for them to determine what their normal is. Establishing a baseline is important for recognizing flare-ups, which may need attention and treatment. Crohn’s disease can change over time, with ups and downs and possibly even periods of no symptoms at all (called remission). There are five types of Crohn’s disease, which reflect the area of the GI tract that is affected. Gastroduodenal Crohn’s disease affects the stomach and the top of the small intestine. From there, there are Jejunoileitis, which can be kind of a patchy inflammation that occurs in the upper small intestine, on to Ileitis, which affects the ilium. Ileocolitis occurs between the end of the small intestine and into large intestine. Finally, Crohn’s colitis affects the colon all the way to the anus. Depending on the type of Crohn’s, symptoms can vary due to the location of the disease.

Ulcerative colitis can affect any part of the large intestine, which is made up of the cecum, colon, and rectum. UC is also an inflammatory disease, like Crohn’s. With UC, chronic inflammation occurs on the inner lining of the rectum and/or colon, sometimes resulting in ulcers on the surface of the large intestine, hence the name ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is different from Crohn’s in pattern of presentation. Where Crohn’s disease may appear in patches, UC is more continuous. Another key difference is that Crohn’s occurs on any layer of lining in the affected area, while UC affects the innermost lining of the intestine. People can develop symptoms at any age; however, UC is most commonly diagnosed between the age of 15 and 30. There are around 700,000 people in the U.S. with ulcerative colitis, and 20 percent of those people have a blood relative who also has the disease. Like Crohn’s, UC can also be a progressive disease. Ulcerative colitis symptoms can range from mild to severe. Mild symptoms may present as diarrhea of up to 4 days, with or without blood, and mild cramps, where as severe symptoms may include diarrhea of over ten days, severe bleeding (sometimes requiring blood transfusions), severe distension of the belly and severe pain, and more.

The cause of IBD is still not known, but studies suggest that there may be a number of factors that can affect whether or not a person will develop IBD. Some studies have tied IBD to an underlying issue with the immune system, while others indicate that there may be genetic or environmental factors. As of right now, it is believed to be a potential mix of these causes. There is no factor that determines that a person definitely will or definitely won’t develop IBD. Treating IBD usually revolves around reducing or eliminating the source of the symptoms, which is inflammation. Doctors may use many types of medications to reduce inflammation, and then continue using medication to manage the inflammation to prevent symptoms from reoccurring. In worst-case scenario’s, when all medications fail, there may be a surgical option to treat the disease.

IBD can severely impact quality of life for people, but treatment often allows them to lead normal lives. By treating the disease early, you save the body from harmful inflammation that slowly damages the digestive tract, making both symptoms and management more difficult. So, if you suspect you may have IBD, even if it comes and goes, see your doctor to discuss it. Early diagnosis gives you your best chance at preventing serious issues. I know that it can be embarrassing for some to discuss such a personal (and let’s face it… kinda gross) bodily function, but complete honesty about your symptoms is crucial to your diagnosis and treatment. Basically, start making poop jokes now, cause you’re gonna need to get comfortable talking about it.

And with that… I’ve got the runs. Whoa. Excuse me! I meant, I’ve gotta run. But, before I go, I’m just gonna give you a little information about our awareness blog and our company.

Personalized Cause is the number one source for low volume (meaning as few as just one) custom awareness ribbons in the United States. We are the only company to offer our customers the ability to engrave a personalized name, date, or message onto beautiful cloisonné awareness ribbon pins. Although custom awareness ribbons are our specialty, we sell all varieties of awareness ribbons, as well as awareness wristbands. Basically, we’re awareness accessory people. Our mission is to give our customers the ability to become advocates for themselves and others, while raising awareness for the cause that is close to their heart. Everybody knows somebody that’s struggled, or is currently facing a health crisis. It can be hard to find the right words to express your support or desire to help. One custom awareness ribbon can convey that without a single word spoken. Trust me, I know.

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Celiac Disease Awareness Month

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May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month!

Welcome back, friends! Sorry for the gap in posts. I’ve become the host body of some awful virus that’s determined to stick around for as long as possible. I’m hoping the end is near… for the virus, not me. Anyways, a word to the wise, there’s a nasty virus going around… pretty much everywhere, and you should avoid it at all costs. Wash your hands, don’t lick handrails, buy a bubble, etc.

Today, I’ve decided that we’ll just jump right into the post, rather than giving you all my schpiel beforehand. I will include it at the end for those of you who are not yet familiar with who we are, what we do, and why we’ve started this awareness blog. If you’re new, please give it a read! If you’re a veteran reader, thanks for coming back and I hope you’ve found something useful in my blogs! Our readers are so important to us, without you we wouldn’t be very successful in raising awareness at all. You are the key to it all. You are the catalysts of change and awareness. You can make the difference we strive to empower you to.

Today’s post is about Celiac disease. Now, I know what some of you are thinking, and that you may have rolled your eyes. Celiac has become the butt of the millennial food and health trend jokes. I think I know why that may be, too; People who are not truly gluten intolerant and just want to appear to be on the cutting edge of the latest food and health trends claim to have Celiac. And what that has done is create a sense of disbelief in the community for people who actually become very ill from ingesting gluten. It’s become so prevalent that people with Celiac have to convince servers that they need to be taken seriously, and to please convey that to the kitchen in the order. I guess my point with all of this is that, yes, it has become trendy to observe a gluten free diet, and no, not all of them have Celiac. But, the people who do have Celiac desperately rely on others, generally in the food service industry, to respect and honor their request for food that is gluten free. It is not just a diet for them. It is their life. Imagine that every time you wanted to go out with friends or family that you had to worry about whether or not the waiter was going to take you seriously and if you were going to become ill from just trying to have a meal out. That sucks! So, next time you hear someone order a gluten free meal, don’t roll your eyes and dismiss them because that only perpetuates a culture of disbelief for people who truly do suffer from the disease.

And now, with that, let’s dive right in, shall we?!

Celiac disease affects the small intestine. When someone who suffers from Celiac eats food with gluten in it, it triggers an immune response, which then causes the small intestine to become inflamed. One thing that not all people realize is that even short-term inflammation that occurs consistently leads to permanent damage. So, if someone with Celiac disease accidentally or unknowingly eats something with gluten in it a couple times a month (which is really easy to do), that adds up to long-term damage pretty quickly. The inflammation isn’t the only dangerous thing that occurs with Celiac disease, too. Celiac disease can prevent proper absorption of nutrients from food, which can lead to malnutrition or critical deficiencies in certain blood levels, for example iron or calcium, which is why so many people with Celiac also suffer from anemia and osteoporosis.

I think everyone associates Celiac with one particular symptom, which is (drumroll)… DIARRHEA! Yes, folks, that’s right, diarrhea is the telltale symptom of Celiac disease, and no, it’s not like your run (diarrhea pun intended) of the mill diarrhea. It’s a special, extra-painful kind of diarrhea because of the inflammation involved. Not to mention the potentially unbearable cramping, bloating, vomiting and gas that gluten can also cause someone who has Celiac disease (sometimes all at once). Some patient’s even end up in the emergency room because of how severe the pain becomes. Other symptoms of Celiac are less obviously related, such as seizures, abnormal periods, oral ulcers, weight loss, rashes, tingling in the legs, as well as muscle and joint pain or swelling.

Each patient experiences the disease differently and may not have all of the symptoms. One may not have diarrhea, but severe bloating instead (and I mean severe, I’m talking seven months pregnant belly). One may experience frequent vomiting and weight loss. Another may experience abnormal menstrual periods, intense cramping, anemia, and diarrhea, a combination that can look more like a reproductive issue than an intestinal one. As you can see, diagnosis may not be so readily apparent in all patients, which makes it difficult for some to be properly diagnosed. This results in people suffering for years, while permanent damage occurs to the body because preventative measures are not taken. Diagnosis is crucial in preventing serious long-term health issues that are caused by Celiac disease.

In addition, diagnosis can be difficult due to another autoimmune disease. As discussed, Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases occur when the body’s immune response is triggered and the body tries to fight what it believes is a foreign invader. For people with autoimmune diseases, the body mistakenly thinks that parts of their own body are invaders. Essentially, the body attacks itself, thinking that it is protecting itself. One autoimmune disease often brings his other autoimmune disease friends, making diagnosis very difficult. Many symptoms mimic other diseases or are very common across the autoimmune spectrum. It can take years to diagnose the first autoimmune disease, and only after that does it become clear there may be another one somewhere else. Some common autoimmune diseases associated with Celiac disease include Lupus, Thyroid disease, Type 1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Sjogren’s syndrome.

There are other issues that Celiac can cause, as well. Women who suffer from Celiac may experience reproductive issues such as inconsistent menstrual cycles, infertility, miscarriage, and birth defects in their babies. This is largely due to poor nutrient absorption caused by Celiac. Children with Celiac can experience significant growth issues due to malabsorption. Other problems caused by Celiac can include osteoporosis, intestinal cancer (although rare), seizures, and more.

So, how do you get a diagnosis? Well, it’s a fairly easy process, meaning that it is pretty painless. Your doctor will have to do a physical, and pay close attention to how you describe your symptoms. Food diaries may be requested. Granted it can be annoying to log your whole life into a food diary, it’s straightforward and you won’t have to do it forever, although, many patients find them extremely helpful in identifying certain problem foods. Your doctor will get a medical history, and may also ask about your family medical history, so come prepared. At the end of the appointment, the doctor will likely order blood labs to be drawn to test for certain antibodies that are high in people with Celiac disease. They may also draw labs for blood levels that can indicate malabsorption. In addition to those easier tests, you may be asked to provide a stool sample (everyone’s least favorite test to complete), or be asked to do a biopsy of the small intestine (they put you to sleep for that one). As far as testing goes, not so bad. So, if you or someone you know suspects that Celiac disease may be the cause of health issues, don’t hesitate to get yourself an appointment with your physician to talk about it. It’s an easy conversation to have, and it could save you from doing years of damage to your body.

And now… for the schpiel! If you’re new to our blog, thanks so much for reading! I hope you found it worthwhile, and maybe even learned a little something. The purpose of this blog is to raise awareness for a myriad of causes. We strive to create a more educated and aware society by crushing misconceptions and stigma surrounding health issues. Personalized Cause is the number one source for personalized awareness ribbons in the United States. We are the only company to provide low volume custom awareness ribbons; that means orders with even just a single personalized awareness ribbon.

Personalized Cause believes in the power of awareness. We know that one personalized awareness ribbon can humanize a nebulous disease, and inspire others to become educated and participate in raising awareness and funding. Personalized Cause was founded on the idea that every awareness ribbon represents a person to those that wear it. We believe that when you connect a person to a cause, you can transform the way others see and understand that cause because they see the person rather than just the illness. Custom awareness ribbons can be a silent sign of support, a symbol of courage, or even a source of inspiration. So, if you or someone you know is struggling or on a health journey, maybe checkout our custom awareness ribbons. If you want. No pressure.

All right everyone, catch you next time!

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Lyme Disease Awareness Month

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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month!

Welcome back my darlings! It’s time for our latest installment of awareness raising health education. That sounds so boring. I promise it isn’t actually as boring as it sounds. In fact, I try really hard to make it as interesting and fun to read as possible. So, I mean, hopefully, it isn’t actually boring at all. Who’s ready to learn a little bit about Lyme disease?! (I imagine you’re all waiving your hands in the air and screaming “ooooo me! Me!”) Don’t worry, baby birds, I’ll feed you.

As I’m sure you all know, because who doesn’t get their health information from E! News, Bella Hadid (gorgeous model) has Lyme disease, as does her mother, Yolanda Hadid (of Real Housewives of Beverly Hill’s fame), and her brother Anwar (I’m sure he’s famous for something, but I don’t know what it is) also suffers from chronic Lyme disease. Before you roll your eyes at me for bringing up a celebrity, let me tell you why that’s actually pretty important and interesting.

New research suggests that there may be more than one way for Lyme disease to be contracted. It is widely known that Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of a tick that carries the infection, however, there is now thought to be more than just that one factor that leads to the development of the disease. The reason for this hypothesis is because of the fact that it is not uncommon for multiple members of a family to develop the disease. If there were not other factors in play, it seems unlikely that it would be common for more than one person living in the same house to be bitten by the same tick. When I say “multiple members of a family living in the house”, what I’m referring to is that they share the same micro biome environment, and not that they were bitten by the same tick that somehow found its way inside.

Micro biomes are specific to each household and therefore people who all live together share similar bacteria in their guts. The environment shapes their health. If one person has a predisposition to a health issue, then it is likely that the others members of the household also share the predisposition. Keep in mind; we are not talking about genetic factors here, because Lyme disease is not hereditary. What we are talking about is how the environment of a group of people who cohabitate can affect their health in similar ways. A deficiency in an aspect of gut bacteria, which greatly affects our health and abilities to fight off illness, may indicate the same deficiency in other people in the house. It is not yet known how this impacts the way the disease is spread, but it is suspected that similar micro biomes and deficiencies in certain areas can cause some people to be predisposed, or more likely to develop the disease. This is about all they know so far, but I thought it might be interesting to start off with a little development in the study of the disease.

And one more thing… I know it seems stupid to care that a celebrity suffers from a disease, when there are over 300,000 people who are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually in the U.S. Why should the suffering of a celebrity matter more than the suffering of all of the other people?! It doesn’t, at all! But if you ask me, we should all be grateful for our celebrity disease ambassadors. A hugely popular celebrity has the ability to increase awareness for the disease, raise way more money for research, and generate attention on a disease that needs it. Look what Selena Gomez has done for Lupus. It might be annoying that everyone knows it as the disease that Selena or Bella or Demi has, but hey, at least they know about it at all. Trust me, celebrities who have the same disease as you don’t trivialize the disease you suffer from, or make it trendy. It makes it visible, and it makes it more likely to be funded and researched, ultimately leading to the development of new drugs, or therapies, or cures (fingers crossed). Shout out to Selena Gomez, Bella Hadid, and Demi Lovato for using their status and their platforms to raise awareness for all the people suffering from their respective illnesses.

Okay, now let’s get into the basics of Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is contracted through a tick bite. Not all ticks carry the Lyme disease causing bacteria. Generally, about a week or two after the bite, 50 to 70 percent of people develop the red rash that encircles the site of the bite. This rash is sometimes referred to as the bull’s-eye rash, because obviously it looks like a bull’s-eye. The rash isn’t usually painful or itchy, just an inflammatory response by the body. Early symptoms may include fever, fatigue, neck stiffness, muscle aches, joint pain, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and headache.

Lyme disease is also fairly localized in the United States to the Northeast and other heavily wooded areas. It is more common for the disease to be contracted in this part of the country, but not impossible to contract elsewhere. Precautions should be taken when exposure to ticks is more likely, especially in the Northeast. Some things you can do to minimize your risk of exposure to ticks, and therefore Lyme disease, are to wear pants and long sleeves, to reduce the area of exposed skin where a tick may be able to attach, or using insect repellent to discourage ticks from wanting to be near you.

Lyme disease can be tricky to diagnose, and can take years to diagnose after symptoms begin. Lyme disease’s symptoms are very similar to symptoms of many other diseases. It can often seem to mimic other diseases, especially other chronic conditions such as autoimmune diseases. Every patient’s experience is different, and not all symptoms are necessarily present for every patient. Most often, it is a combination of symptoms, but not all of them.

Signs and symptoms of Lyme disease can occur months after the tick bite. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Because Lyme disease is a chronic condition, symptoms may come and go, and rotate.

Symptoms of Lyme disease include:

  • Short-term memory issues (also sometimes referred to as brain fog)
  • Nerve involvement, which can involve shooting pains, numbness or tingling, or nerve pain.
  • Inflammation all over the body can occur, most commonly in the joints, but also in other areas such as the spinal cord or brain.
  • Dizziness or shortness of breath.
  • Cardiac involvement- usually in the form of arrhythmias (palpitations or irregular heart beats.)
  • Neck stiffness.
  • Sever headaches.
  • Muscle pain, joint pain, connective tissue pain, and bone pain.
  • Arthritis, particularly in large joints such as knees.
  • Palsy’s, or paralysis, particularly in the face.
  • Sometimes rashes may develop, not specific to the area of the tick bite.

Lyme disease is diagnosed using a two-step process. Both steps are done using a blood sample, and can be drawn for at the same time. Both steps are recommended to be sure of the diagnosis and to prevent misdiagnosis and improper or unnecessary treatments.

Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, or chronic Lyme, can last anywhere from six months to ongoing. Those suffering the effects of Lyme disease may become temporarily or permanently unable to work, depending on the damage to body. Many people improve over time. There are also many symptom specific treatments to ease the pain or suffering experienced by the patient. Antibiotic treatment when the infection is contracted has a high rate of success. Common antibiotics are used to treat the infection that results from the bite, and is prescribed for a couple weeks or until it clears up.

Treatments for the symptoms of Lyme disease can significantly reduce the effects of the disease on the body. For many people, treatment allows them to manage and control symptoms so they are able to lead normal lives. It is also believed that over time, patients generally improve, although some cases may remain active and acute for many years.

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Until next time, everyone! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you learned something.

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