Navigating Halloween with Food Allergies

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

What Can We Do & Learn from the Latest Tragedy?

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?

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)

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

Love Sweet Love

  I stumbled upon a video on Facebook showing people putting down their devices and becoming present in real life again for a Canadian campaign called #EatTogether.  You can watch this heartwarming video for yourself, here. It's really beautiful. Strangers gather together, over a makeshift table in an apartment building hallway, bringing pot luck dishes and…Read more Love Sweet Love