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Posted 01 June 2004 - 09:42 AM

I got this e-mail from a woman I met at our Celiac walk. She is putting together a book about celiac teens and she wanted stories from teens around the country. I wanted to post it here so you could write for it too. her e-mail is celiacteens@yahoo.com. You can e-mail me if you have any questions or e-mail her. My e-mail is flagbabyds@aol.com. here is the e-mail. I really hope some of you write for this. It will be a really good book.
Hey girls!

My name is Reyanna (ray-AWN-uh). I met you at the
Celiac Walk.

Mary-Lou (a woman from Southern California) and I are
putting together a book for teens with Celiac... I
mentioned it to you at the Walk.

Well, I was just wondering if you all wanted to
participate. You can write a story for one or more of
the chapters. If you want to write for more than one
chapter (like three chapters), then write different
stories for each chapter. Share a positive experience
you've had in any of these areas. We want this book to
be encouraging and positive for other teens so make
sure to show that in your story.

I know there were more teens at the Walk, but I only
met the three of you. If any of your friends from
R.O.C.K. (7th grade through college) would be
interested, let me know, and I'll send them an email
as well. :)

Here are the chapter topics:

1. Family Support (and what the impact is when
family members also have celiac)
2. Friends (how friends can help ease the peer
pressure and be a support)
3. Junior High (how younger teens balance
having celiac along with the other peer pressures of
junior high)
4. High School (does celiac interfere with many
of the routines and activities of high school?)
5. Going Out To Restaurants and/or With Friends
(What are your favorite restaurants? How does this
diet affect your choices in restaurants/fast food
places? Does anyone use a restaurant card?)
6. Applying To College (How has celiac affected
your choices in colleges, location of colleges, etc.?)
7. College (What is campus life like without
all the gluten containing foods? What are some tips
you can give others regarding this time away from
8. On Your Own For the First Time (Is it easier
of harder than when you lived at home and had someone
else cooking for you? What are some of your secrets
to adjusting to this lifestyle?)
9. Power of Support Groups/Websites (What
affect, if any, have these groups had on your psyche?
What have you learned from them?)
10.On-Line Food Shopping and Grocery Shopping
11.Dealing With Other Food Allergies Along With

Here are frequently asked questions so far:

1. Where do I send them?
You can just send them to me.

2. One big story or separate stories for the separate
Don't make it one big story, write a different story
for each chapter you are planning on writing for. :)

3. Do I write about my diagnosis and symptoms while
answering the questions?
It's your call. If you think it sounds good, stick it
in there. Use your best judgement. :) If you're
deciding on using your diagnosis story for each story
you write, make sure it's not word-for-word because
that could get boring if you submit 5 stories. LOL. Be
creative and use where necessary.

4. Will all stories (written by different authors) be
lumped together in each chapter and appear as if one
person wrote it?
NO! Each chapter will consist of several stories
written by different people. This is 'Chicken Soup for
the Soul' style.

5. Will you make changes to my stories?
We will only edit for spelling and grammar, and if we
need to take out parts of your story, we will contact
you for your permission first. Although, I don't think
that will be happening because Mary Lou would have
mentioned that. There currently is no length limit.

6. Will you change my name?
If you want us to. You can be credited if you'd like
or we can keep you anonymous or we could create a fake
name for you (I'd actually enjoy that because I love
names so much! Tee hee.) or you could create a fake
(pen-name) for yourself. It's your choice. :) My hope
is that everyone will want to use their real names,
and your name will appear at the end or beginning of
each of your stories. I think this is only fair to
you. :)

7. When does it need to be finished?
August 10th... so get started soon. I'll be sending
reminders during the next few months. :)

Happy Writing!

Stay strong.

p.s. Let me know what chapters you'd like to write
for. If you don't want to write any stories, let me
know that as well. :) Thanks girls! I'm looking
forward to hearing from you.
I really hope I get responses from people because she really wants lots of stories for this book.
Thanks so much!!!

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Posted 01 June 2004 - 09:44 AM

P.S. you have to be a teen to write for this book, no parents writing about their, or their children's experience
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