The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the step at a time. ~Joe Girard

Spreading Awareness

My purpose in writing this blog is to spread awareness and provide support to parents of children with and without special needs. I have one child with a Learning Disability, more specifically, a Visual Processing Disorder including Dysgraphia and another child with a disease called Eosinophilic Esophagitis, an allergic white blood cell disease that attacks the esophagus.

Monday, May 16, 2011

National Eosinophil Awareness Week - Day 2

Today is the second day of National Eosinophil Awareness Week.  My goal was to post something each day no matter how busy I was.  I have already missed my goal, but I am going to work hard to obtain it for the rest of the week.

I feel it fitting to start this post with an update on Andrew's status.  Andrew began food after 9 months of an elemental diet last fall.  He has failed 4 trials by symptoms and had "passed" peaches and sweet potatoes with 12 eos per high power field in January.  On May 5 he had another endoscopy with biopsies after trialing pinto beans and grapefruit.  To our delight, the results were the best he has ever had...0-1 eos per high power field in all three sections of the esophagus.  For a child who at one time has had so many eos that the pathologist could not count them on the biospsy slide, this is truly amazing. Actual remission, even if he is on 60mg of prevacid and flovent each day.  What a way for us to prepare for National Eos Week!  And Andrew was able to celebrate by adding Lamb to his diet.  I wish I could have captured the pure joy on his face while eating that lamb chop so that when he is in the hospital or in pain I could take it out, look at it and remember there will be more days like this. 

Please help spread awareness for this frustrating disease so that the children and adults suffering can someday enjoy lives normally once again.  People who suffer from eosinophilic disorders can not tolerate food proteins.  Many of them that are on elemental diets can only eat dum dum lollipops.  Although they are not yet safe for Andrew, he will still be passing them out to spread awareness tomorrow.  Won't you join him?

Just a Glimpse
Video by APFED

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