What exactly is “Failure to Thrive”? How has one mother battled that diagnosis? What resources are available to help other families dealing with Failure to Thrive?
Debi Lewis is the mom of two daughters – Ronni and Sammi. In 2005, Debi’s second daughter’s birth began what would be a nearly decade-long journey through the confusion and inefficiencies of modern pediatric specialty medicine. Initially trusting and slowly growing more frustrated, Debi learned quickly that even within the same hospital, silos had developed that kept her child from an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Through research and introspection, Debi began piecing together the mistakes and wrong turns that took her family from constant medical mystery into the final surgery that would change her daughter’s life — and her own — for good.
She is the author of Kitchen Medicine: How I Fed My Daughter out of Failure to Thrive and has written for outlets including The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Huffington Post, Romper, Wired, and more. You can learn more about her at http://www.debilewis.com and follow her on Twitter at @growthesunshine.
Debi's episode on 'And That's the #Truth' with Jenny and Dan Muscatell
The 'Heart to Heart with Anna' episode on feeding tubes
Debi on Twitter
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