Majid Ali, M.D.
Below is an essay written by Noah Sheikh, a 9-1/2 years old, Who Was Diagnosed With Celiac disease.
I Have Celiac Diseases. I Will Do Research a Cure For it.
On February 28, 2016 I told my second grade teacher that my stomach was hurting. She told me to go and rest for a while. The following day my chest also began to hurt. I told my mom that it hurt too much and that I could not go to school because I could not focus on my school work. The pain was so much that over the next few weeks, I missed several days of school. My legs felt pain in the mornings when I woke up.
We went to the emergency room three times and I also had several different doctor’s visits. I even saw a heart doctor and stomach doctor. My blood work was checked six times but they did not find any problems. Finally after 32 days, we went to my mom’s friend who is a doctor. She asked for more blood work and checked for celiac.
I went to the hospital to have an endoscopy which is when a doctor puts a camera down my throat and esophagus to look at my stomach. The doctor told my parents I have celiac disease.
I had no idea what celiac meant but I was about to find out. I learned that gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Wheat is found in breads, baked goods, pastas and cereals. People who have celiac disease feel stomach pain if they eat gluten. If a person with celiac disease eats gluten, their small intestines get damaged.
A year later, my mom and I visited Dr. Majid Ali in Denville, NJ and he taught me more things about celiac. He told me what I should eat and how to be healthy. I am excited to begin doing this routine to make my life better. I hope there is a cure for celiac disease.
One day I will grow up and I want to be a doctor. If there is no cure for celiac, then I will research a cure for celiac.