Going Gluten-FreeOctober 24, 2012

Celiac Disease: Counting the Cost

According to news reports, CBS temporarily dropped actress Jennifer Esposito from its show “Blue Bloods” after she asked the network to limit her work schedule due to having celiac disease. Esposito, 39, stars as policewoman Jackie Curatola on the popular television series. The network is reportedly unable to accommodate the star’s request.

Esposito has spoken out to her fans via Twitter about the situation, saying that she collapsed on the set, that CBS did not listen to her doctor, and that she has been placed on unpaid leave. She accuses the network of “absolutely shameful behavior.”

Although the details about this contentious situation aren’t confirmed, Esposito’s story about her years of undiagnosed celiac disease—her struggle with multiple misdiagnoses and her serious, debilitating symptoms—is detailed on her website, JennifersWay.org. Her case is an amazing read and, sadly, not uncommon. Even with increased awareness of the disease, there are still too many instances of people who suffer too long before obtaining an accurate diagnosis. And then there are those who are met with ongoing challenges of accommodating their dietary needs—including challenges at work.

Have you had job-related setbacks due to your health and related dietary issues?

Comments (2)

There comes a point where an individual can only take so much personal responsibility and the point where callous disregard and discrimination takes over. When the rate of Celiac has jumped to 1 in 100, it's time society became more aware and accomodating. It's a two-way street.

There's a marked increase in violent crime committed against persons with disabilities in this country, prompting legislation to make it a hate crime and not just a felony. Employers won't hire disabled persons no matter how qualified or reliable, despite federal and state laws prohibiting it.

Landlords can't discriminate against disabled persons according to the laws BUT plenty of disabled people are made homeless due to lack of endorcement against these offenders.

It's time to take a stand and enforce existing laws. CBS and any other employer that discriminates against a disabled person should be held accountable.

Posted by: SalmonNationWoman | October 25, 2012 11:13 AM    Report this comment

I feel for every person who has a difficult time obtaining relief and an appropriate diagnosis. However...I think some people expect those around them to make a great many accommodations when each of us challenged to work with celiac disease to take personal responsibility for our own health and not make "I am a Celiac" the center of the universe. Come on, eat healthy, be aware and move on! We each have power over our own lives. I wonder if there are not more details to this story that we are not privvy to?

Posted by: Carol T | October 25, 2012 9:43 AM    Report this comment

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