What does it mean to be 13 years old?
If you're Dominick Cura, sometimes it's rock climbing with friends, and sometimes it's making gluten-free carrot cupcakes from scratch.
The eighth grader bakes with confidence. It’s not the kind of ease teenage boys typically have in the kitchen, but it's Dominick's way of dealing with an autoimmune disorder.
"When I was little, I had lots of headaches, my legs would hurt, and it would be hard to sleep at night," he said.
At age nine, doctors diagnosed him with celiac disease, a severe gluten-intolerance.
"I remember thinking I had to change my entire life because almost everything has gluten in it," said Dominick.
All the food he loved was suddenly off-limits. So Dominick decided, if they didn't sell what he wanted to eat, he'd simply make it.
"I found a cookbook and I started baking from it - and I liked it", Dominick explained. “And then when I finished all the recipes, I decided to make my own."
Dominick's aptitude in the kitchen is the real deal. Last year, he entered The Bite of Seattle's video cooking contest - and won.
Plus, he's also a published author. He wrote the cookbook Eternally Gluten-Free, which is filled with his own recipes.
Dominick Cura took a diagnosis that seemed like the end of the world and turned it into a new beginning.
“Because of it, I made a cookbook, have my own blog, started baking. Who knows what else might happen from it?" he said.
For more info on Dominick and his gluten free treats check out his blog eternallyglutenfree.com.