About Me

My name is Jared, and I am a teenager currently in my senior year of high school who lives in a suburb of New York City. To get to know me a little bit more, here are some of my favorite things to do: watching sports (especially American football, basketball, and hockey), playing sports and videogames, bicycling, and learning about world history and science (especially the fields of astronomy and biology).

My dad and I in Bermuda

My journey with Celiac disease began when I was 9 years old, when my mother was diagnosed with Celiac. She was showing some of the typical symptoms of Celiac, and her doctor at the time decided to have her tested. A short while after she was tested, she was diagnosed with Celiac disease and her doctor told her to have both my sister and I tested since it is often hereditary. After a blood test, my sister was cleared but I needed to get an endoscopy for further testing. After this, I nervously waited for my results, not truly knowing how much my life would be changed or understanding the life-long consequences. In the days leading up to my own diagnosis, I ate all of my favorite foods and was upset by the thought that I might not be able to eat most of them again (not knowing how many gluten free alternatives there are).

I was very upset the first few weeks after I found out I too had Celiac disease and started the process of coping with the consequences. By the time I was 10 years old and became more familiar with my diet, I felt happier as I started to learn and adjust to this situation. I grew accustomed to gluten-free foods, and through a difficult process I was able to find many favorite foods that I still love today. Celiac disease has shaped who I am, and made me a better and smarter person.

The goal of this website is to ensure that every child has an easier time adjusting to life with Celiac than I did, and has the knowledge to make the most of life with Celiac. Another goal is to better educate children and parents about which gluten-free foods to try, where to find them, how to eat out, and other aspects of life with Celiac. In addition, I hope this website helps all children with Celiac have as good a quality of life as before they were diagnosed and not let it ruin the fun and joy of being a child. 

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