Erica’s Story

I’m Erica and I am 18 and a senior in high school. My younger brother, mom, and I have chronic health issues. In a twisted way, I have been blessed with family who are dealing with similar health problems, because they are a built-in support system. I attend a public high school and play softball. I love to hang out with my friends and volunteer when I am not busy with family, work, or school obligations. I have gone on a few mission trips and hope to travel to countless countries in the future.

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I have had health problems since I was young ranging from ear infections to food and environmental sensitivities to cystic acne and cracking joints. I struggled with chronic joint pain or inflammation since fourth grade, which intensified the older I got. I am a softball catcher and before diet restrictions, I struggled to play because the pain was so bad. I would come home after every practice and game and ice every major joint from my ankles to my shoulders.

Starting in 2011, I began to see a functional medical doctor who took me off of dairy, gluten, sugar, corn, MSG, and soy. Since then my diet has been changed multiple times and I am currently (summer of 2013) eating about 20 foods. Although this journey has been incredibly difficult at times, I have learned a lot and made huge improvements in my health. This year as a junior in high school, I played my first softball season without pain since seventh grade.

Want a more recent update on my health? Read this blog post!

Does this sound like you or someone you care about, maybe my story could help. Find A Teenager’s Perspective on Food Restrictions: A Practical Guide to Keep from Going Crazy on Amazon as a paperback for $5.99 and as an eBook for $1.99. Also, you can read more of my story on 20 Something Allergies!

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2 responses to “Erica’s Story

  1. Hi Erica! Food restrictions are a real drag at any age, let alone your age! My son Zach (19) has a rare genetic disease and cannot eat complex carbohydrates without consequences. My daughter, 21, also has food issues and is SO glad that we figured it out early in her life (around 15) so she didn’t have to struggle with aching joints, depression, etc. Unfortuantely, it appears it is more and more common. Congrats on your website and joining the VGN!

  2. I am glad to hear you had a great summer.

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