By ann Campanella
As a two-year-old, Ann Campanella’s daughter barely registers on the pediatric growth chart, rarely naps and has intense stomachaches after eating. Doctors and well-meaning friends repeatedly assure Ann that Sydney will outgrow these issues. But at the age of five, Sydney finally receives a celiac diagnosis.
Celiac Mom charts the course of one mother who is determined to keep her daughter safe from gluten, a substance that is literally poisoning her.
A noncook, Ann must figure out how to nourish Sydney and avoid painful gluten exposures. She reveals the ups and downs of creating gluten-free habits revolving around family and friends, holidays, vacations, school lunches, summer camps and more. As Sydney matures, Ann must ultimately learn to let go and allow her daughter to make her own choices in a gluten-filled world.
Praise for Celiac Mom
“A motivating story that should be read by everyone that needs to avoid gluten.”
-Joran Ehmann, Indies Today
“This should be the book of choice given to any parent holding a new diagnosis of a child’s celiac condition and wondering what to do next.”
-D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“A fascinating insight into a mother’s attempts to keep her daughter safe from gluten. A finalist and highly recommended!”
-The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
This should be the book of choice given to any parent holding a new diagnosis of a child’s celiac condition and wondering what to do next.
– D. Donovan, senior reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Beautifully captures not only the intricacies of celiac disease and the gluten free diet, but also the complex emotional component experienced by patients, families and friends who are all ultimately affected.
– Margaret Weiss, Registered Dietitian, author of Eat Your Rice Cakes
Celiac Mom is a great book for anyone who is coming to terms with a loved one’s or their own diagnosis. There are so many relatable moments in this book. I love how transparent Ann is and that, while she doesn’t consider herself a great chef, she came up with 14 days worth of recipes, which is so helpful for people who are thrust into the world of celiac disease.
– Michael Frolichstein, filmmaker, The Celiac Project documentary, and host of The Celiac Project Podcast.
Reading Ann’s book was so healing. She spoke so personally of her process and the things she resisted. Celiac Mom is a real companion for anyone who is walking this walk.
– Ellen Bayens, founder of The Celiac Scene
A motivating story that should be read by everyone that needs to avoid gluten.
– Jordan Ehmann, Indies Today
A fascinating insight into a mother’s attempts to keep her daughter safe from gluten. A finalist and highly recommended!
– The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
“It was so wonderful sharing your incredible memoir on the show. I truly believe in the powerful message of your book. There is so much of your heart and soul in [it]”
– Belinda Whalen, host of The Healthy Celiac Podcast
Ann’s book advances the understanding of celiac disease as well as demonstrates the blessing of having a dedicated caregiver in this monumental task of eliminating gluten from the American diet.
– Deb Waldron, Registered Dietitian, co-author of Health & High Performance
The thing I liked best about this fascinating and timely book is how valuable it is for those of us who do not have celiac and who need, very badly, to understand it if we are to help those– often members of our own family–who do have gluten allergies. A moving story and a useful guide to our behavior and our actions in the future.
– Anthony S. Abbott, North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame
“Celiac Mom is an open and courageous chronicle of the author’s battle to heal her young daughter from the devastating effects of celiac disease.”
– Traci Medford-Rosow, bestselling author of Unblinded
“The book delights like a really delicious gluten-free, non-dairy ice cream dessert you thought you would never find.”
– Don Carroll, author of King Arthur and the Consciousness Gene
“This book is a heartfelt journey that states so clearly and honestly what those of us with children diagnosed with celiac go through as we struggle through this lifelong process with them. I highly recommend this book….”
– Kerry Hamlen, mother of a daughter with celiac disease