In 2005, Dianna Schatzlein-Ahern gave birth to identical twin boys Stevie and Eddie. Starting from a young age in New Haven, Connecticut, Dianna could tell something just wasn’t right.
There were the behavioral issues, like outbursts, mood swings, and compulsiveness. Then there was the insatiable hunger. Both Stevie and Eddie were always hungry, no matter how much food they ate.
Over the years, Dianna took the twins to various doctors and experts. However, no medical professional could figure out what was wrong.
The older the boys got, the stronger and more stubborn they became. Dianna, their hardworking and loving single mother, would often find her boys raiding the kitchen in an effort to consume anything and everything. It got so bad she resorted to locking up refrigerators, cabinets, pet food, and even cleaning products. She now tries limiting them to 1,200 calories a day.
“They’re hungry all the time,” Dianna told the New Haven Register. “I have to make sure they can’t get into the food. If I’m not constantly checking up on them, they will steal food off your plate, at the grocery store they’ll sneak a candy bar in their pocket, they will eat garbage. They’ll eat stuff that’s not even food.”
It wasn’t until around 2014, when the boys were around 9 years old, that doctors finally diagnosed them with a rare condition. Now, Dianna hopes that by sharing her story, she’ll help spread awareness about her beloved sons’ little-known disorder.
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