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Luciano and the Sunshine Boots: The story behind the story by Jessica McAnally photography by John Webster

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uciano is a little boy who loves his yellow puddlestomping boots. Even when he is too sick to wear them outside to play, they are still his favorite, because Sunshine Boots are good for your soul. Luciano and His Sunshine Boots is a heartwarming story that expresses the hope and happiness of childhood in the face of a chronic illness. Carol Myers wrote and illustrated her book, “Luciano and His Sunshine Boots” to tell the story of her son, who at a young age was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a chronic bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract. This leads to symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding. “When he was diagnosed, I found myself sitting in the doctor’s office trying to form an answer to the question ‘are you emotionally ready to have a chronically ill

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child?’” said Myers. “Can anyone ever be emotionally prepared to handle a chronic illness?” It was a difficult time for their family, and researching and selecting treatment options was emotionally exhaustive. After hearing about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and SCD lifestyle, Myers read the book, “Breaking the Vicious Cycle” and decided to use this approach to treating Luciano’s illness. “I was more than scared and yet I was hopeful, because the diet made sense to me,” said Myers. “I decided to go with my gut feeling and move forward.” Initially, Luciano was on medications to help treat the symptoms of the disease. After a few months, he stopped taking prednisone, because his blood work returned to normal on the diet. At about age 12 he made the decision to no longer use any anti-inflammatory prescriptions.

GREENBELT MAGAZINE | MARCH-APRIL 2015

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