Teenage Wisdom. Eleven years with Celiac Disease: The blessings and the burden

Guest blog by my daughter Melanie, age 13. Written for her public speaking assignment at school.

I’d like to tell you a story about a little girl who had her heart broken when she was only two years old.  This is a story about me, and don’t worry, it has a happy ending.

Ever since I knew how to walk, I had a tradition with my dad. We would walk up our street to the neighborhood patisserie, and sit in the sun to eat croissants.  It was my absolute favorite thing to do. I even had a nickname for the owner of the patisserie, I called her the “con-con lady”, because I didn’t know how to say croissant.

One day , my mum told me that, from now on, I couldn’t go to the patisserie anymore. I cried, and cried, and my mum even started crying with me.

About 6 months before this happened, I was getting very sick. I was throwing up a lot, and was crying much more than usual. And I was tired all the time. In fact, some of the first words I ever spoke were “sick”, “tired”, and “bed”.Read More »

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