Imagine being 11 and being told that you can no longer eat bread, or cake, or pizza, or cookies. Imagine going out with your friends, having to bring your own food, or searching for something that will not make you sick, yet will satisfy your hunger. Emerson was diagnosed at 11 years old with Celiac Disease, after her mom noticed some physical changes that just didn’t seem right. No sooner after she was diagnosed, Emerson and her mom, Dionne, jumped feet first into action, figuring out how to adjust to this new lifestyle.
Dionne, a stay at home mom, learned everything she needed to learn in order to help her daughter thrive as much as possible. Finding restaurants that offer gluten free menus, apps that help locate places suitable for people with Celiac Disease when traveling, learning to cook gluten free, and even cleaning her home top to bottom in order to be sure no cross contamination occurs.
It has been a learning process for all in Emerson’s family, and they are nailing it. Of course, there will always be many things to learn and figure out, and at the same time, Emerson is as healthy as she can be, thanks to the help and support of her mom, dad, and her own determination.