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?
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)
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