I am a mother of four young children in suburban Chicago. My second child, John, was diagnosed at age one with severe dairy, egg, peanut, tree nut and legume allergy. He also is asthmatic, so the likelihood of a life threatening reaction from food is increased. I spent a few years learning the ins and outs of food labels, ingredient and product information, and most importantly, how to cook and bake for not only my son, but for the rest of my family as well.
It has become my life’s purpose to raise awareness and increase funding for food allergy research. I am passionate about not only keeping my son safe, but alive. A food allergy diagnosis is scary; it is the fear of the unknown that keeps us moms of food allergic children awake at night. Class parties, birthday parties, family celebrations, skate night, or even date night…these are all things I think about in regard to my son. How will he adapt? Will he be responsible? Will he succumb to peer pressure and not take his allergies seriously? These are all things I think about often, and I am sure you do too.
This blog is about sharing useful information, swapping safe recipes and sometimes just a place to speak and vent. Here’s to someday finding a cure! I love your ideas and feedback, and welcome it. Thanks so much!