Meet Greta, an adorable 6 year old girl who is starting first grad this year. At age 15 months, Greta began to wake in the night with abdominal pain. This was also around the time that gluten was introduced into her diet in a substantial way. Greta's grandfather and first cousin were diagnosed with Celiac disease, so her mom did a trial of a gluten free diet. No more gluten - no more night time abdominal pain. At her 18 month check-up, Greta's doctor encouraged her parents to keep the gluten free diet. He didn't feel an endoscopy was worth the "trauma" and the wait to get into a pediatric gastroenterologist was over a year where they lived in Canada. Complicating the matter more, Greta lost all her verbal skills. She was diagnosed as Autistic at age 2 years, 2 months. She is now on a gluten free, casein free, soy and corn free diet and is thriving - and even beginning to talk again! She loves music and her big sister Audrey who always thinks to ask if food is safe for Greta.
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Our inspirational journey also includes the frightening reality that hospital food isn't always safe for those who need to be gluten free.
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