My name is Meredith and I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease on January 29th of 2016. I remember the date because it was my sister’s birthday and also the first family gathering I fumbled through, trying to figure out what I could eat. That day marked the beginning of my journey with an auto-immune disease. I never knew, even with a supportive family, how alone Celiac would make me feel at times. How bad my body would react to the changes I had to undergo or just how many times I could be humiliated at a restaurant.
I knew there were others out there who intimately understood what I was going through and each time I found one, they became an instant friend. Whether it was the doctors and researchers at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University or the random people that shared their stories with me from around the world thanks to social media.
Celiac Cutie celebrates the journey we are all on together. We know the downsides to an auto-immune disease – we live it every day. But what if we could create a community where we celebrate and share our message with a little humor and some fun products that we enjoy? What if those products were cute enough to start discussions and help us raise awareness (without the typical conversation starter – “Is this gluten free?”). Together, we can do all of this while we raise money and help fund the research so many amazing people have started.
This is who we are. A company that is fashion forward, community based and research driven. I hope you’ll join us!