I’m moved by Joni’s daughter’s story of triumph over her illness. Hope it inspires all of you as well. Wishing her much luck at college. – Dr. Perlmutter
I have an 18 year old who is a success story. At the age of 4, she was first hospitalized for an abdominal migraine, which escalated to years of cyclical vomiting. She had been in and out of the hospital for the next 10+ years, sometimes as frequently as bi-weekly. As her vomiting increased, so did her constipation. She eventually ended up with a cecostomy tube, placed in 2012.
My incredibly determined daughter, who never complained, was ready for a change. We both love the science of food and read all we could. Shorty after the tube went in, she went gluten-free, processed food-free and cut out sugars. We just read Grain Brain and felt that we were reading her story. She hasn’t had a migraine for 2 years and they were set to remove her large intestine last year, but she promptly refused. She forged forward with her diet and the tube was removed last week. Her colon is working on its own again. She is currently a normal healthy 18-year-old heading off to college next year.
She eats, lives and breathes gluten-free and, as her brother says, “green leafy foods”.