Thank you to each of you for your kind words last week when I spoke out loud about the struggles I’ve been facing as the Willing Cook. It was so good to have your input and your prayers to give me a little perspective. Here is where I stand…
- I’m not going to get stuck on the numbers. If you’re here today reading this, you need to be here to read this. If you share this post with others, that person needs to read this post today. Numbers really shouldn’t mean a hill of beans when compared with substantive impact.
- I have a heart’s desire to serve others. I have been given a gift and the means whereby to use that gift. I need to take it by the horns and capitalize on it.
So, today marks the debut of a new series that has been on my mind for several months. I was originally going to do it as a video (and I still might), but for now, I’m sticking with the written word. Several months back, FAAN (Food Allergy & Anaphylactic Network) posed a question on Facebook that really got me thinking (as well as many others because there were a lot of responses). They asked:
What do you think is the hardest part of getting started with a diagnosis of food allergy?
With a number of the responses, I thought that I could really come along side that person and help them through this hard time because I’ve already been there. Just as I could have used someone in the beginning myself. This series; therefore, will focus on what I wish I knew when my son was first diagnosed with food allergies. And, how that initial diagnosis has shaped our lives with food allergies.
I only want to introduce the series to you today with what you can expect on Mondays over the next several months. I currently have 21 topics upon which I plan to touch. I’d love to expand it further, though. This is your chance to chime in.
Is there something that you wish you knew when you were first faced with food allergies?
If you’re new to food allergies, is there something that you’re struggling with right now?
Here are the 21 topics (order is still a little tentative) that will be covered, starting next Monday:
- New way of life, in general.
- Getting doctors to listen to your concerns.
- Cooking & Shopping
- Understand/appreciate severity & dangers.
- What to feed your child 3 meals/day x 7 days/week.
- Reading labels: knowing all ingredient names, shared equipment risks.
- Eating out – learning/accepting not to.
- Attitude from restaurants when bring in own food or question their food.
- Family/friends being offended by not eating their food.
- Educating others.
- Getting family, friends to understand severity of issue.
- Discovering new allergies along the way.
- Dealing with the fear/guilt of hurting your child.
- False hope of child growing out of allergy.
- Feeling alone.
- Going through painful tests & shots-for the better?
- Facing the fact that there is no cure.
- Worrying about child being left out in a world that revolves around food.
- School being unsupportive.
- Reader comment, “Still wishing it was me instead of him…”
- Having anaphylactic reaction without known allergies.
Are you ready? It is my prayer that this series will bring some peace of mind to a life with food allergies.
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the Wholesome Comfort ebook. It ends tonight and there is still plenty of room to enter. It is a great resource for wholesome comfort food — who couldn’t use more recipes for comfort food?
I am still linking up today at grace laced mondays, mainly so that you guys can have the link to the amazing signs of grace in everyone’s everyday. I’m not sure that I will continue to link up through this series with Ruth (because it may not always fit with the grace theme), but I will always point you guys in that direction, as I believe strongly in its power.