Chanelle: Celiac Disease

Chanelle… she has changed all of our lives for the better! Since birth, she has been small for her size so it was no surprise to me that was not even on the charts at all of her doctor’s appointments. Just before her third birthday, she started to have really random symptoms.

As a third time mom, I was’t too concerned, but she was constipated, had eczema, was very whinny, and occasionally would throw up. It wasn’t until she came running into the house screaming as she held her pony tail with her hair in her hand that I knew something was seriously wrong! Yep she was holding a third of her hair in her hand. I immediately called the doctor, by the time she got into her appointment she had lost about half of her hair.

We went through so many appointments and specialists.  We were running tests for everything trying to figure out what was wrong. As they thought it could be cancer, we were all very worried. That came back clear… as relieved as we were we just wanted answers. Then, knowing my brother and niece have celiac disease, I insisted she get tested for Celiacs. Sure enough, after blood work and a biopsy, it was confirmed.