Additionally, to make you feel at home, we invited Beyond Celiac Scientific/Medical Advisory Council Member and celiac disease expert Dr. Ritu Verma to write a little welcome note to all of our parent section visitors. Here's what she had to say:
Dear Parents, Family and Friends:
Take a deep breath. Beyond Celiac is here!
As a pediatric gastroenterologist, I’ve seen the gamut of cases in the exam room. There have been middle schoolers violently ill from untreated celiac disease, and toddlers who barely showed symptoms. I’ve seen dramatic improvements once they went gluten-free, and the stumbles it takes to get there.
I’ve seen this because I’m not only a doctor, I’m also a mother. A mother of kids with celiac disease. While my children are older now, I’ve gone through what each of you do on a daily basis. What I’ve learned: Support is crucial, knowledge is key, and acceptance is a virtue. You can’t anticipate or control every situation your child will be in, so the best defense is to educate yourself, your child and those around you.
And that’s exactly what Beyond Celiac is all about.
Ritu Verma, MD
Section Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia