Calling All Nurses: 5 Ways to Take Better Care of Your Food Allergic Patients. {Please & Thank You!}

I'm writing this as both a registered nurse who works for an allergist, and also as a food allergy and EOE mom with over a decade of experience. Nurses are caregivers, teachers, advocates, scientists, artists, healers and problem solvers.  The ironic part is, so are food allergy moms! Nurses, my Food Allergy Mamas need your…Read more Calling All Nurses: 5 Ways to Take Better Care of Your Food Allergic Patients. {Please & Thank You!}

Pause in the Wake of The Peter Rabbit Movie Backlash

"Why do our children have to suffer because of special children like your's?" "Allergies Smallergies, these kids need the protein!" "Can you have M&M's? Well, my daughter can, she's not as allergic as you!" "It would be easier if you just stayed home!" "You're overreacting!" "You're too sensitive!" "Get a life!" "They need to learn…Read more Pause in the Wake of The Peter Rabbit Movie Backlash

Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang)

I asked my almost 11 year old her favorite thing about Camp TAG.  Her response, "I feel free!" She feels free. What a tremendous gift, the gift of freedom. My 13 year old with EOE says there are no questions as to why she can't eat certain foods. What a relief! For one week of…Read more Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang)

“They Need to Learn How to Live in the Real World!”

"They need to learn how to live in the real world!"  How many parents of food allergic children have heard this line?  It drives me crazy.  I've heard this during numerous food allergy conversations.  While it *can* come from a place of concern, rather than a place of, "Your child is ruining all of the…Read more “They Need to Learn How to Live in the Real World!”

A Beacon of Hope

I've read two recent articles from Allergic Living touching upon the feeling of embarrassment that can come along with the diagnosis of food allergies.  Both stories expressed how the two young people with food allergies who died, didn't like to make a big deal out of their allergies.  The grieving mom of the one young…Read more A Beacon of Hope