My name is Gabriella, and I'm a Cadette in Troop 8645 in Mobile. I have been a Girl Scout for almost five years, and in all that time, I still have not tasted a Girl Scout cookie. All of that will change this cookie season.
Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, which is an Auto-Immune Disease that causes my body to attack gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, spelt, rye, malt, and some oats. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine and promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body. Celiac disease is hereditary, meaning that it runs in families. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people.
Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease is by sticking to a strict gluten-free diet. So for me, that means I am unable to eat things that my friends eat, like donuts, pizza and cookies that contain gluten. It is hard sometimes to watch others eat snacks and treats that I am unable to eat. But this cookie season all that will change. Our council will be getting a shipment of gluten-free Girl Scout cookies! I'm really excited about these new cookies. I can't wait for cookie season to start so I can say I ate a Girl Scout Cookie. I hope they sell well so we can get them again next year.