My name is Brooke Elmore, I am sixteen, I was diagnosed with celiac in November of 2015, and I became a student ambassador in September of 2016. In my community, I have found that the best way to educate people about celiac disease is by word of mouth. Whenever I go out to eat or I am at an event where there is food, I explain to people what celiac disease is. Most of my school soccer team, who would have not known about it, now understands what living with celiac disease is.
Also, this year I participated in an exchange program with my high school. I took this as an opportunity as an ambassador and educated a lot of French students about what celiac disease was. I was trying to spread the word internationally! I also posted about my disease on my school’s technology portal, to allow kids at my own school to read and learn about what celiac disease is.
Recently, I have started an Instagram and YouTube channel to share my experiences and discoveries within my gluten-free lifestyle! They are both called “Celiactivist” and on both platforms I share things such as my favorite foods, recipes I’ve tried, restaurants that are accommodating, and much more. I hope to grow my audience within the next year to help create a community of celiacs who can support each other in their journey!
I also have plans to do presentations about celiac disease at the middle school in my area. Finally, I am on the food service committee for my district for the next year, with a goal of getting gluten free options in all school cafeterias. I love being a celiac disease Student Ambassador, and I hope I can continue to educate my school and community about a cause that’s so important to me!