Christy E Bykowski
Christy is an award-winning public relations and marketing practitioner, as well as a wife and mother. She lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, Benjamin, raising their three boys and spreading awareness about celiac disease and the need for a gluten-free environment for individuals diagnosed with celiac disease.
“Beckmin Goes to School” is Christy’s first children’s book, and was inspired by her middle son, Beckmin, who was diagnosed with celiac disease at 18 months, after extensive sickness and a series of hospital visits. Since then, Christy has worked with Beckmin through the everyday challenges of being a kid with this disease, dealing with his frustrations and his own learning curve as to what celiac disease is, how to explain it, and what it means in his day-to-day life. Beckmin’s stories, written to help children define, understand, and explain celiac disease, are meant to be both empowering and educational for kids and their parents.
Gluten-Free Me Beckmin Goes to School
“Beckmin Goes to School” is meant to raise awareness for celiac disease and the everyday challenges children with celiac disease face in their otherwise normal activities. As diagnosis of celiac disease increases, education, awareness, and understanding will be the keys to making celiac kids feel normal and included. Written for children to help them express and understand celiac disease, the book is a wonderful tool for children and adults alike.
Irene Roth, Book Reviewer | 24/10/2013
What a great story with a great lesson. Just because someone is a little different – and has to eat different food from us – it doesn’t mean they aren’t normal in every other way. In fact, we can hang out with them, and they may be the best friends to have. After reading this book, children will learn how to get along with kids who have celiac disease.
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