For nearly 14 years our family has dealt with the very serious issue of anaphylactic food allergies.
And so when last spring the stars aligned and I was given the opportunity to create a podcast for parents and caregivers of food allergy kids, I jumped at the chance and then I immediately curled into an immature ball of paralytic fear. I wondered what the heck I was doing. I haven’t ever been a part of the food allergy awareness community. To be honest, I spend a lot of time trying to keep ahead of our boys allergies and to be even more honest, I spend a lot of time rewashing clothes that have been in the washer too long and playing Words with Friends. What I am saying is that I am not the quintessential mom….I like Hamburger Helper, plastic water bottles and wine….and I’m definitely not the quintessential food allergy mom. I’m flawed. I’m selfish. I’m often distracted by cute puppy gifs.
After thinking about all my shortcomings, I realized that maybe I am the person to do this food allergy podcast because after all, I understand food allergies from a primal mom level. It has changed my whole family’s lives in many ways – both good and not so good. At times it has been a struggle and an albatross, humbling, educational, teachable, exhausting and even comical, but above all it has brought our family closer together and given me resilience and an outlook on life that I may never have had.
I want parents of food allergy kids, especially newly diagnosed kids, to know that life goes on after diagnosis and their own life can be a positive example of making the most of an unfortunate situation.
So here goes. Please listen to my first episode and share with other parents and caregivers of food allergy kids and can somebody please come over and put my wash in the dryer? I’ve got to come up with a 65 point word to win this game.