On today’s discussion, young adult siblings Tom and Mary look back at growing up with a younger food allergic brother. Their life changed after the diagnosis and they share their own unvarnished perspective of living in a family dealing each day with food allergies. They also discuss how they’ve learned to be more accepting of others and how their family bond is greater because of their shared journey. This episode will warm your heart and probably make you laugh (and possibly cry a little) too.
Podcaster Note: When Joe was diagnosed all those years ago I looked at Tom and Mary and wondered if they would be ok…like really ok…or would they be resentful, angry or feel sidelined by their brother’s disease. There were times when allergies took over our life and left us all emotionally raw and wounded. The whole time we taped I kept flashing back to these two little grade schoolers whose lives were rocked so long ago. A time when they saw things that no children should ever witness like the long months of a crying baby who was always in pain or the times when they witnessed their anaphylactic brother being raced by ambulance to the hospital. Recording this episode was emotional for me not because of the sadness for what they experienced but for the overwhelming love I felt as they discussed the resilience and compassion that burns in them today as a result of their childhood.
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