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 avoided. For outsiders, food allergies are not even comparable to life-threatening or chronic diseases. But to those who suffer, the reality of the possible fatal blow are ever present.
How does one come to grips with the reality that this “disease” has no cure? You can’t take a pill. You can’t take a shot. You may get better over time (meaning, you may grow out of it). You have only the option to avoid the offender all the way, 100% of the time. But, as everyone knows, avoiding the offender all the way, 100% of the time is not always possible. Even though you try with every fiber of your being, 100% is not a guarantee.
Stay vigilant! Stay focused! Stay positive!
Like I have said so many times, pray for the best, prepare for the worse. Stay vigilant to protect yourself or your loved one from an offending food. You can never let down your guard. Stay focused on the big picture — food is only needed for survival. While we enjoy it, it is not the source of our joy! Stay positive that a cure may come, that your child may grow out of it, that your family can make it through.
At the end of the day, you cannot live under a rock. You must function in this world with the “no cure” reality. Do your best! For me, I leave it to God. He put my son on this earth; He can choose to take him away. That may sound harsh to some of you, but that is how I face it. I don’t want that to happen, and God has given us the means to prevent that from happening through great medical care, knowledge, and preventative steps to keep him safe. In a nutshell, that is how I try to face the “no cure” reality — pray for the best, prepare for the worse — all the while staying vigilant, staying focused, and staying positive.