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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 You can e-mail me if you have any questions or e-mail her. My e-mail is 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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