Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sweet Faces of Celiac Disease: Meet Jessica

Jessica is 11 yrs. old and was diagnosed with celiac disease                at 18 months old. 


What symptoms were you or your child having before being diagnosed?

Jessica was vomiting and having diarrhea. She was also malnourished and lethargic, as well as having muscle wasting, nerve problems and regression of her motor skills.

Any other family members diagnosed with celiac disease?

No.

How has your life or your child's life changed since being diagnosed?

Dramatic improvement within days of her diet change. Jessica is happy, healthy and flourishing now.

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?

I believe it needs to be part of your initial check at a doctor when first presenting with any symptoms. This would've eliminated months of pain for our family.

Thank you Mom for sharing Jessica's story. Diagnosed at such a young age, like Jack. I'm happy to hear Jessica is flourishing - she's a vibrant, beautiful young lady. And she has hair to die for!! ;)

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