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 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.