I realize not everyone knows my "Why." You may have stumbled upon my blog or my social media accounts and wondered, "Why is this woman so persistent about food allergies?" Here's why. On an October morning in 2013, I was being interviewed, along with several other food allergy moms, for a local newspaper article. We were at…Read more My “Why”
The recent tragic news story about the 11 year old boy (Cameron Jean-Pierre) who passed away from an anaphylactic reaction on New Year's Day to fish being cooked at his grandmother’s home in Brooklyn is quite upsetting to many of us. You can read more here. We are keeping Cameron's family and friends in our…Read more 5 Ways to Help Parents of Food Allergic Children Find Balance After the Latest Food Allergy Death 💔
I recently gave a presentation on this topic for North Merrick School District's SEPTA Meeting. At the request of members in the Friends Helping Friends Food Allergy Support Group on Facebook, here is my recap. My daughter with food allergies had her very first reaction at 14 months old, after eating a bite of her…Read more Navigating Halloween with Food Allergies
I’m sure many of you have seen this story over the past several days. Another terrible tragedy for our entire community: the loss of 15 year old, Natasha Ednan-Laperhouse, due to undeclared sesame found in a baguette. As a nurse, I try to review these cases, in a way to learn from them. For me, it's one…Read more What Can We Do & Learn from the Latest Tragedy?
"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
For those of you who follow me on social media, you will often see my mantra from Finding Nemo, "Just Keep Swimming!" or a little fish emoji. What in the world does this have to do with parenting a food allergic child? Everything. Disclaimer: I do not work for Disney Pixar. I am simply a big fan…Read more Just Keep Swimming
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!" 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!”