Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Celiac Disease Bullying... the lessons...The English Project

This is one of the most difficult posts I believe I will ever make, with of course permission from the author. There is no denying or withholding who wrote it as I don't think it would make as big of impact as it should.

It's my youngest daughter that will graduate High School in just a short few days. Her future plans consist of attending Penn State University at University Park and majoring in Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering. Her overall GPA was over 3.8+ and was awarded the Presidential Education Awards Certificate, National Honor Society Member, a Scholar Athlete Award, plus the schools Academic Excellence Award as well. She has had some outstanding teacher letters written about her, and many of those teachers do not know of the impact bullying can be on a student.

I read, and re-read her senior class Advance Placement English Project she turned in last week and was overwhelmed with tears as I lived it right along with her. She makes light of the things that happened to her, many of which she left out, from having food thrown at her, being called "special",  to classmates video taping her in moments of harassment by others. It was "real pain" to live through, yet there is much agony to read what children and young adults go through when they are unaccepted for their disabilities.

My side is short and sweet, she is amazingly brilliant, and beautiful! 

No Gluten Here
Here is her project... It was titled "THAT GIRL"
by: Jayci Drew


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this!! My husband has Celiac Disease but he wasn't diagnosed until he was in his 20s, so he never had to experience it throughout school. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to live on this diet as a teenager. I wish Jayci all the best in the future!!

  2. Good job, Jayci. I'm sure you've opened a lot of eyes, minds, and hearts. I wish you luck as you make your way in the world. Sounds like you've got a good start. And "That Girl" is "special"! Carry on.