Category Archives: Life with Food Allergies

Life with Food Allergies: Wrap Up

What I Wish I Knew… ——————————————————————————————- Food Allergies are just a part of how you were created.  Embrace it, live it gracefully, and serve others along the way. ——————————————————————————————- I am bringing the Life with Food Allergies series to a … Continue reading

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Life with Food Allergies: Surprise Anaphylactic Shock

I think that I can say with confidence that every anaphylactic shock experience is a surprise.  It’s not something you plan and it’s certainly not something that you want to happen, kind of like a car accident.  For the person … Continue reading

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Life with Food Allergies: Suffering Child Guilt

What I Wish I Knew… ——————————————————————————————- Do not let suffering child guilt take over your life! ——————————————————————————————- There are two central emotions that I have felt with my son since the moment we discovered his life threatening food allergies.  The … Continue reading

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Life with Food Allergies: Unsupportive School Environment

We have been blessed thus far to have a very supportive school environment for my son’s food allergies.  I have shared a few of our experiences here before.  The interesting thing is I think my son is one of the first anaphylactic … Continue reading

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Life with Food Allergies: Being Left Out

Being left out of anything for any reason generally doesn’t feel too good.  As adults, we learn to deal with such disappointment, but it still hurts.  For a child, being left out just down right hurts and not much makes … Continue reading

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Life with Food Allergies: Facing the “No Cure” Reality

What I Wish I Knew…. ——————————————————————————————- Vigilance!  Focus!  Positive Outlook!  Faith! ——————————————————————————————- Food Allergies are a funny thing.  They can be fatal.  They have no cure.  They can have no affect on you whatsoever.  And all the above can be … Continue reading

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Life with Food Allergies: Enduring Pain

I often wonder if the physical pain of allergies, ranging from skin or blood tests to shots, is worth the knowledge or attempts at reduction, particularly when I’m watching my son endure the pain. Unfortunately, I don’t have any cut … Continue reading

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Life with Food Allergies: Isolation and Loneliness

The argument could be made that loneliness can be felt indirectly — that is, as parents of children with food allergies.  We feel the pain of our children when they are excluded from special food at school, a family gathering, … Continue reading

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Life with Food Allergies: Hope & Preparation

What I Wish I Knew…. ——————————————————————————————————————- Hope for the best; prepare for the worst. ——————————————————————————————————————- How often have you heard “Oh, he’ll grow out of his allergy.   About 95% of kids grow out of their allergy by the time they … Continue reading

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Life with Food Allergies: Parental Guilt

The degree that I received in graduate school was in the social sciences and it was heavily research-oriented.  I conducted, analyzed, and wrote the results for many survey studies.  Whenever I am asked to participate in a worthwhile study, I … Continue reading

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