Chrissy

Patient Leader

Hello! My name is Chrissy, but I also go by Glam Without Gluten. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in July 2008. For almost 4 years I felt alone, never knowing anyone else with celiac disease, and that is why I started my YouTube channel in March 2012 and a closed Facebook group June 2013, so no one would ever have to feel alone again in the gluten-free world. The ladies in my Facebook group are like a second family, which is why I call them my "glam fam". I previously worked in the health care field for almost 10 years. The way I interacted with my patients was unique. I have always loved to make people laugh and go out of my way to make someone smile. I thought if I could get across on camera how I interacted with my patients then my mission would be complete. There are so many amazing advocates in our gluten-free world. I am honored to be one of them. I love interacting with so many people such as myself, encouraging them, helping them and letting them know that their new life living gluten-free isn't over, it's just beginning. Sending long emails and getting to know these women across the world is simply priceless. I stand up & beside our gluten-free community. Fighting at times to be understood, as our disease is not, some think because it is "invisible" it just isn't there. In our closed Facebook group I wanted to create a place away from open social media where women can come knowing they wouldn't be attacked for what they said about their food choices, asking several questions, about taking care of their gluten-free child, or because they are lost & confused right after being diagnosed and just need to vent, cry, kick & scream during their "grieving" process. In our "glam fam" we encourage each other, see the positive from the negative, cry together and most of all have fun & laugh!!! Have a glam amazing day! Chrissy Glam Without Gluten

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Facebook Hilarious Health Activist Health Activist Hero

Finalist

Best in Show: Community or Forum
Chrissy

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