It’s not an easy thing for parent or child when you receive a pediatric food allergy diagnosis and, most likely, neither were the steps that got you there.
All you want to do is to help your child feel normal again. You’ve been to the pediatrician’s office who then referred you to an allergist and you left his office with two epinephrine pens and the knowledge that your child’s life depends on you in a way that it didn’t before. You have a folder full of information on allergens, reactions, and treatment but you can’t for the life of you remember any of it. As you load your kiddo up in the car, you look into that sweet face that is counting on you to keep him safe and you begin to panic about all the seconds and minutes of the day coming after you leave the safety of the allergist’s parking lot.
…or at least those were the thoughts running through my head on that day…
I came home and hit the ground running in the only way I knew how…researching on the internet. Oh, I had the doctor’s papers, prescriptions, and medical advisement but I also yearned to find a group of women who had been in my shoes and were already paving the way for newbies like me. It never occurred to me that there wouldn’t be any.
There were no internet support groups of mothers like me searching to find solace and confidence in one another. No one offering the inside track on baking allergy-free snacks. No tips on navigating the public school system with epinephrine and anaphylactic shock. No guides on vacationing with food allergies. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch.
Seven years later and hopefully several years wiser, I am creating this online outlet for mothers and parents of children with food allergies. My goal for this blog is to show these parents that feel the weight of the world on their shoulders, that a life with food allergies still deserves love, laughter, and happily ever after with some serious fun sprinkled in between!
Blessings to you, my friends!