Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sweet Faces of Celiac Disease: Meet Cierra

Cierra is 8 years old and was diagnosed with celiac disease at 7 years old. 

What symptoms was your child having before being diagnosed?

Terrible pains in her belly that brought her to her knees crying daily. Loose bowel movements, bloated belly and constant gas. She no longer wanted to do the things she loved. Very pale and not gaining weight. Her mood changed from a happy kid to very sad. (She actually diagnosed herself!)

Any other family members diagnosed with celiac disease?

None that have been diagnosed. Cierra's older sister, her dad and myself have all had blood tests that were negative. We have yet to take the blood tests to check for the genes linked to Celiac.

How has your child’s life changed since being diagnosed?

AMAZING! In one years time we have come a long way!! At 8 years old she is very involved and educated on keeping herself healthy and aware. She is growing, gaining weight and her blood levels are within the normal range.

What advice would you offer a parent who’s child was just diagnosed with celiac disease?

First and foremost it may not seem possible at first, but it will get easier as time goes on as long as you continually educate yourself and your child. Family support is key... We keep our home Gluten Free, from food to shampoo and its comforting to know our Lil C is safe! 

It's so great to hear you are feeling so much better Cierra!! I hope you're enjoying your summer and having fun playing dress-up! :)

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