December 23rd, 2013
01:45 PM ET
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Chelsea Wheeler is a 10-year-old girl with a passion and a plan.

"I want to have a diner," she says, sitting on her bed in her parents' house in Oxford, Connecticut.

"I'd like to make things that people think are yummy healthier, less fatty, and make it like they're being cooked for the Queen."

Chelsea loves helping her parents, Chris and Linda, prepare food for the whole family. They say she spends much of her free time watching the Food Network looking out for new recipes.

But Chelsea cannot taste the food she makes. She can eat almost no food at all. She suffers from a rare disease that has caused her intestine to fail irreversibly.

"I have an unusual body compared to other people," she says almost dismissively, but that's more than an understatement.

"My stomach doesn't work and that's why I have a line," she says, "because, well, I can't eat real food so I've got to have IV fluids, and so the line goes into my artery so I don't have to have food to my stomach."

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  1. TNT

    Geez, poor kid. She seems to have a good attitude for having something so unfair.

    December 24, 2013 at 7:22 am |
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