“I brought a bowl because I know you cannot have a cone.”
Adam really liked Mrs. Brown. He knew she worked so hard for him to be able to share a special treat with everyone else. It wasn’t easy for him to tell her that he couldn't eat any.
“There are ice cream cone crumbs in the ice cream. My mom always scoops mine out first. But that’s OK Mrs. Brown. I’ll choose something from my snack box.”
Adam had to be so careful. If he ate the ice cream that had a few crumbs from the ice cream cones, he knew he could get very sick again.
Adam knows there will be special occasions when he won’t be able to eat everything like he could at the Valentine’s Day party. His mom explained that most classroom parties won’t be gluten free. She told him that he has to learn to say “no thank you” and eat only what she sends or approves. He’s OK with that, for the most part. His friends now know a lot more about the way he has to eat and they help out when they can.
Adam found out that he is not the only one at his school with a special diet. His friend Sarah has to get shots every day. She doesn’t have to eat gluten free, but she has to watch how she eats because she has something called diabetes. Another friend can’t eat or even touch anything with peanut butter. His mom’s friend has a little boy who can’t drink cow’s milk or eat any cheese. And by the end of the school year, Adam wasn’t the only one at school who had to eat gluten free.
When Joey’s mom heard about Adam’s special diet, she decided to learn more about celiac. Joey had a lot of tummy aches and wasn’t growing like he should. She took him to a new doctor to have him tested, and guess what? His tests showed that he had celiac too. The new doctor said that now that Joey is on a gluten free diet like Adam, his tummy will not hurt anymore and he should start to grow and feel a whole lot better very soon.
For the most part, Adam doesn’t think much about his food. He’s just a regular little boy who likes to go to school with his friends in the morning and come home and ride his bike and play ball in the afternoon.