Author: Emma Frank

Celiac disease is not an allergy … and other misconceptions

Teen with Celiac disease eats cookie

When my younger sister, Abby, was 2 years old, she became extremely anemic, had a heart murmur and was frequently in pain. My parents took her to Boston Children’s Hospital, where they diagnosed her with celiac disease. Since it’s a genetic disease, we all got tested and I tested positive. That was 12 years ago, when I was five.

Today, I look like a normal teenage girl and if you saw me on the street, you would never know I had Celiac disease. I try to remember this when I see people or meet people for the first time — you never know who has an “invisible” illness like celiac disease.

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