Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Patient Stories

Star Athlete Sisters Are “Twinning” When It Comes to Tackling Celiac Disease

twin sistersThrough Seattle Children’s Celiac Disease Program, twin sisters Claire and Emma learned how to adopt a new gluten-free diet in to their active, athletic lifestyle. Read their story.

Visually Impaired Parents Prove There Are No Limits to Care

Girl with short dark hair smilingWith the help of Seattle Children’s, Hailee and Ray mastered techniques to care for their daughter who has a rare gastrointestinal disorder. Read their story.

Life-Changing Treatment for Intestinal Disease

BrennanAn experimental drug – and advocacy by his family and care team – enabled Brennan to be an active kid for the first time. Read his story.

Boy Overcomes Hepatitis C and Finds a Forever Home

TalonTalon got hepatitis C from his birth mother’s drug addiction. After enrolling into a clinical drug trial at Seattle Children’s, he's now free of both the virus and social stigma. Read his story.

Is It a Stomach Ache or Something More? Kyla’s Story

Kyla skiingA diagnosis of celiac disease – and a gluten-free lifestyle – vanquished Kyla’s stomach aches. Read how the Celiac Disease Program made a difference for Kyla.

Esmee’s Story

Esmee smilingA clinical trial was the only hope for Esmee, a little girl adopted from China with chronic hepatitis B (HBV). Read her story.

Elizabeth’s Story

Elizabeth hikingElizabeth McIntosh, 19, offers hope for patients with Crohn’s disease, one of the most common types of inflammatory bowel disease. Read her story.

Ethan’s Story: You Are Bigger Than Your Disease

Ethan Roberts was diagnosed with Crohn's disease just before school began. Fortunately, psychologist Dr. Carin Cunningham was on his team, ready to help him see that his life is bigger than his disease. Read his story.

SCD: An Alternative to Steroids and Medication

Avi and Dr. SuskindSeattle Children’s is one of the only centers in the nation to offer the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) to patients and families as a treatment option for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Read how the SCD helps Avi feel better without steroids.