Gluten-Free Living and the Celiac Disease Foundation have a shared vision: to promote the advancement of celiac disease research and spotlight celiac and gluten-free champions in our community. With this vision in mind, Gluten-Free Living is proud to introduce passionate and dedicated CDF Student Ambassadors from across the U.S. Below, meet Rebecca Farber, a high school student who raises awareness of her disease and raises funds for research, all with a positive attitude.
Celiac Disease Foundation Student Ambassador
Before my test results came out, my mom said I always complained of being tired and dizzy. I was only 5 years old when diagnosed. At a young age, I had to magnify my shy voice to say no to foods that would never be healthy for my body. It means making the conscious choice of staying alert to what I’m eating. This acquired inner strength is the foundation which continues to empower me when making positive decisions in my life. There are still times when this diet can be challenging. However, I remind myself just how grateful I am that my choices are the key ingredients to prevent a wide range of horrific symptoms and diseases.
Celiac disease is serious, but I have never allowed my diet to hinder me from socializing while enjoying a delicious meal. Whether it’s eating at a restaurant or a party, with a bit of planning, anything is possible. It’s always been fun getting together with friends baking yummy gluten-free cupcakes and inventing awesome new ideas for frosting. Of course, everyone loves eating at my house for a delicious chicken cutlet dinner. My mom’s secret is using the crushed gluten-free pretzels for breading.
I must express from my heart that celiac disease isn’t just about food. It has played a huge role in shaping my thoughts, personality and even my ambitions into who I am today. This is exactly why being a dedicated CDF Student Ambassador has such great meaning to me. It provides an opportunity to show other children the importance of giving back while supporting an incredible foundation. It is truly an honor to be able to use my college accessory business, By Becca, to raise awareness while donating profits to a cause that not only impacts my life, but the entire celiac community.
Next September I will begin my college years away from home. New restaurants and dining halls at college will be new reasons to speak out and hopefully pave a better and healthier way for others who understand my world with celiac disease.