Truth be told, my family has found great comfort in staying home during this pandemic and avoiding tricky social scenarios involving food. In many ways, our life has been easier and less stressful. The vigilance COVID-19 required was not unlike the constant vigilance required to manage daily life with food allergies. We quickly adjusted. Photo…Read more Emerging from the Pandemic: Navigating the Social Scene with Food Allergies
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 💔
In 2018, I gave a presentation on this topic for North Merrick School District's SEPTA Meeting. This was pre COVID-19. In order to stay safe this Halloween while also maintaining COVID-19 precautions, kindly follow the CDC guidelines. Please wear a face mask as recommended by the CDC, wash your hands well with soap and water…Read more Navigating Halloween with Food Allergies in the Time of COVID-19
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?
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)
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