Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday's Daydreams!

National Eosinophil Awareness Week started on Sunday and the theme is EDUCATE. Our three boys have eosinophilic esophagitis. What is this? It's a condition where his immune system mistakes the proteins found in foods for the same proteins that are found on the surface of bacterial or parasitic cells and sends a specialized cell (eosinophil) to fight off the perceived invader. Because there is nothing to fight off, the eosinophils "hang out" in his esophagus and release chemicals that cause inflammation and tissue damage. This leads to severe pain and other GI symptoms. There is no cure, and no FDA approved treatment for these diseases. Please take time to learn about these disorders.

This wonderful explanation of this awful disease was borrowed from a friend, Melissa S.

All week, I'll be sharing out journey with EoE.

Have a great day!

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