Aug/Sep 2009

Food for Thought

A World of Difference: Celiac Disease

My son Mike feels like he is different. To me, he’s like many other 10-year-old boys. He has friends, goes to school, plays soccer. But because he also has both Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease, he feels he isn’t viewed the same way as his peers. At school, Mike gets singled out every day. He never buys lunch like the other kids, bringing it from home instead. He has to leave class just before lunch, alone, to go to the nurse to test his glucose. At the end of the day, he has to get out of school early to be tested again before heading home. He catches up to his friends afterwards, who are already on the bus.   More...