What symptoms were you or your child having before being diagnosed?
Sarah had horrible stomach aches almost every day during the fourth grade. Nausea, constipation, eczema, failure to thrive, brain fog, depression, & anxiety were also problematic.
Any other family members diagnosed with celiac disease?
After Sarah's diagnosis we were able to conclude that her older brother also has Celiac Disease.
How has your life or your child's life changed since being diagnosed?
Over the past seven years Sarah has been able to grow to her full potential & have a more fulfilling quality of life. Experiencing only a few minor set-backs, she has become a true advocate for Celiacs in our community. Through classes, presentations, expos, radio spots, & the Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen/Miss America programs. Sarah has used her health & new outlook to prioritize gluten free options at our local food pantry & missions.
Being that 83% of those with celiac disease are UNDIAGNOSED, what are some ways we can encourage more awareness of the disease and its multiple symptoms?
Sarah believes that a major step is always media. Whether it’s the radio, television, or the newspaper, Americans are constantly consuming information. I believe that we can spread information about Celiac symptoms, coping, healing, & research through a combination of these outlets.
Sarah, you are a beautiful young woman! Embracing celiac disease and teaching others about it, is a great example for young children, like my son, Jack. Keep up the good work and have a wonderful summer! :)
Thanks Mom for sharing her story, I hope your son is doing well too!