Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sweet Faces of Celiac Disease: Meet Kiersten

Kiersten is 11 years old and was diagnosed with celiac disease when she was 10 years old.

What symptoms was your child having before being diagnosed?

Vomiting, constipation and distended stomach.

Any other family members diagnosed with celiac disease?

No, but pretty sure I have it & my grandmother did.

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

We're not as spontaneous with going places & we don't eat out nearly as much! Kiersten wants to educate other kids who are first diagnosed to help then through the experience.

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

This to shall pass. I thought our world was falling apart because Kiersten was so sick but once she was stabilized & her stomach calmed down, she wasn't nearly as sick as she first was when she was diagnosed. I had a lot of anxiety about her new dx. Probably more than she did. I researched a lot online & reached out to a lot of other parents who's child has celiac.

Kiersten, you look so pretty and healthy!! I hope you are feeling great and enjoying your summer. 

And yes Mom, this too shall pass! The initial diagnosis is overwhelming, but once you get the hang of it and you see your child feeling so much, it's ALL WORTH IT.

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