Meet Jordan: NFCA Intern & Health Advocate
I am a true believer in the saying “Everything happens for a reason.” So when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 6, and celiac when I was 15, I knew my path was headed toward a profession in healthcare.
I will be a senior at the University of Delaware in the fall and will graduate with a dietetics degree next spring. When people ask me what my major is, there is a lack of surprise in their response when I tell them it is nutrition. I have been managing my diabetes and celiac disease for so long that I can’t imagine getting involved with anything else.
After switching endocrinologists when I was in my teens, my new doctor did a routine test for celiac. There seems to be a link between type 1 diabetes and celiac, so they knew to check for it. My dad was diagnosed with celiac 2 years later. Unfortunately, he had been suffering from the symptoms for quite some time. If it had not been for my diagnosis, he probably still would not have been tested or know what was wrong. This experience led me to want to do so much for the awareness of this disease.
I was extremely happy when I received the opportunity to intern at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) this summer. When I was diagnosed with celiac 6 years ago, I did not have any support groups or people to talk about it with. I love what NFCA is doing for the celiac community and cannot wait to work with them this summer.