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?