Meredith the "Celiac Cutie"
Meredith was diagnosed with Celiac Disease on January 29th of
2016. She remembers this day because it was her sister's birthday
and also the first family gathering where she had to figure out
what she could eat now that she was celiacs. That day marked
the beginning of her journey with an auto-immune disease. She says
even with a supportive family how alone Celiac makes her feel at
times or just how many times I could be humiliated at a
She became an instant friend to those who understood her
whether it was the doctors and researchers at the Celiac Disease
Center at Columbia University or the random people that shared
their stories with her on social media.
While trying to find out where she fit in, in this new
gluten-free community, Meredith found some gluten-free t-shirts.
Most shirts were very down and cynical about being
gluten-free. Meredith, being positive and happy, didn't feel
those shirts reflected who she was and how she wanted to be
With the help of her sister-in-law, she started creating
graphic designs for her new line of t-shirts. She received so much
positive feedback, including the feeling of empowerment when
wearing her t-shirt.
Meredith decided she wanted her t-shirts to be a
conversation starter. Her goal was to have the company be a
starting point for people to come together and share their
journey. Meredith also wanted to give back to the Celiac
Disease Research Center at Columbia University.
We chat about how she chooses designs for her shirts, why so
many love wearing her soft and easy-to-take-care-of t-shirts and
what Meredith's plans are for future Celiac Cutie t-shirts!
Celiac Cutie is a company that is
fashion-forward, community-based, and research
driven. Celiac Cutie celebrates the journey we are all on
together. Her goal is to create a community where we celebrate and
share our message with a little humor and fun products. Meredith is
using the fun products that she creates to start discussions and
help raise awareness of the gluten-free community. She believes
that Together, we can discuss and support our lives while
we raise money and help fund the research, so many
amazing people have started.
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