My friends are really kind and supportive. For their birthday parties they make sure they order a gluten free pizza or gluten free pad Thai for me, but I always remember to carry a snack with me such as a protein bar to be safe. Whenever we go on school trips, we get packed lunches and the kitchen staff makes me a gluten free packed lunch ,clearly marked. Unfortunately, there have been instances when my sandwich has been made of normal bread, instead of gluten free bread. I have learnt my lesson and now always ask properly about my food before leaving for the trip.
The long flights back and forth between school in the UK and home in India have been interesting.Though there is always a gluten free meal ordered for me in the flight, it’s not necessarily the most appetizing. I generally now get something gluten free at the airport before boarding any flight to ensure I don’t starve mid air. Overall being gluten free in a boarding school has been a really positive experience, with a couple of downs. Coping with a gluten free diet away from the nurturing environment of home can be challenging, but certainly not impossible. I am glad not to have allowed my dietary requirements to come in the way of experiencing boarding school life, which has been nothing but enriching. I have now completed three years in boarding school, being on a strict gluten free diet. It gives me a sense of great accomplishment and feeling of strength in knowing that I can be healthy even on my own, anywhere in the world.