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  • March 21, 2015 Posted on College Age with Food Allergies, 0 Comment

    The Second Quarter of College by Morgan Smith

    The second quarter of the year has been fantastic! Trip to Buena Vista, Colorado About three weeks into Winter Quarter, my roommate (Thomas), two friends (Bryce & Kieran), and I decided to go down to Thomas' house in Buena Vista for the weekend. We just wanted a weekend away from college and to be able to relax; what a wonderful time it was! I drove us down Friday evening and we stopped by Beau Jo's pizza, a famous Colorado-based restaurant. I had absolutely no issues with their pizza and I did double ...

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  • My Obsession with my Child’s Health

      Ever since my son, Morgan, was a baby I've been obsessed about his health. I have a daughter five years older than Morgan, whose health I've also been concerned about at times, but never to the level of obsession that I've felt with Morgan. What is it about his health that creates these obsessive thoughts and behavior patterns in me? If I analyze it (which I'm prone to do to try to find some missing tidbit of information that could help him!), ...

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  • December 10, 2014 Posted on College Age with Food Allergies, 2 Comments

    The First Quarter of College

    The first quarter of college was exhilarating! The University of Denver (DU) runs on a quarter system: there are three 10-week quarters during the regular school year plus an optional summer quarter. I went up to school the last day of August for a week-long orientation at DU before classes began and I arrived home the week before Thanksgiving after successfully completing all my finals. Before arriving at the school, we met with dining services to discuss food options (

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  • November 9, 2014 Posted on College Age with Food Allergies, 0 Comment

    What Awakens You at 2 am?

    For those of us with children with food allergies, awakening in the middle of the night worrying about cupcakes isn't that unusual! Of course, if you share that concern with your neighbors who don't have to worry about unsafe food, they may not understand. Food allergy parents understand all too well! My son started college in September, so I was surprised to find myself awake at 2 am one night recently worrying about our son, Morgan. We had worked really hard to create a safe eating experience for him in the ...

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  • September 15, 2014 Posted on College Age with Food Allergies, 0 Comment

    One week into college – and he’s sick!

      Our son, Morgan, had a great first week of Orientation at the University of Denver (DU). Then, on the first day of classes, he began to get sick - really sick! He continued to have a fever and chills for two days. He knew to start up his Pulmicort inhaler immediately. We discussed the breathing difficulties the Enterovirus 68 creates for children and teens sending them to the ER and Intensive Care. Yet Morgan didn't have any classic cold symptoms - ...

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  • September 4, 2014 Posted on College Age with Food Allergies, 0 Comment

    Starting College – We’ve Worked Toward This Goal Forever!

    Our son, Morgan, started college at the University of Denver (DU) this week. What a step it is to let him go, to make his own decisions, to take care of himself in the dining room, and to teach whomever he wants to teach about administering his EpiPen! This is what we've worked toward since he was first diagnosed with food allergies. It's likely that he will make decisions different than I would, or than his Dad would. That's part of growing up and learning! We had worked toward his first ...

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  • August 22, 2014 Posted on College Age with Food Allergies, 2 Comments

    Off to College – But Meet with the Dining Staff First!

    We are down to counting the days until our son, Morgan, goes off to the University of Denver (DU) for college. Before he moves in, we wanted to meet with the chef at the dorm cafeteria to discuss food allergies and safely feeding Morgan. Morgan had spoken with the DU head chef when we visited DU back in March, before he had made a firm decision on where he was going to school. The chef had suggested contacting him via email ...

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  • Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

    A friend of ours says that God answers prayers in one of four ways: Yes, No, Not Yet, and Beyond Your Wildest Dreams! When my son, Morgan, started kindergarten in the Fall of 2001, I prayed every day when I dropped him off at school, "God, please take care of my boy!" It was such a part of my routine, and it helped me to be able to walk back home knowing I'd done everything that I could do to keep him safe, including a little prayer humbly asking for help.

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  • April 16, 2014 Posted on College Age with Food Allergies, 6 Comments

    Checklist for College with Food Allergies

      I've been asked recently to provide a checklist for preparing for college when you're managing food allergies. We've had a lot of experience over the last 5 years preparing and getting both of our children (with different food issues) into college. Our daughter, Michaela, has celiac disease (diagnosed in high school) and a mast cell disorder, which wasn't diagnosed until college. She has a very limited diet with many intolerances and a wheat allergy too! Our son, Morgan, has life threatening food ...

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  • November 21, 2013 Posted on College Age with Food Allergies, 8 Comments

    Off to College with Food Allergy?

    It's hard to believe that our son, Morgan, is a senior in high school already! The topic of college is coming up frequently in our house. We continue to learn more and more about what information and laws are available for students with food allergies in college.   The Food Allergy Research Education (FARE) website has minimal information on sending your child with food allergy to college. They have two pages of info  here and here. I can't find anything ...

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  • Kicked Out of College Because of Food Allergies?

    Many of you probably saw the blog post by a young Washington state woman titled, "How I was Kicked Out of College Because of My Allergy." The blog post was taken down, but a local news station interviewed this young woman here. I was horrified and confused how this situation had occurred, especially after the young lady contacted the Disability Services Office of her school. Since my son, Morgan, is now 17 years old and a junior in high school, we have begun the college search in earnest. It ...

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  • Food Allergy, College & 504 Plans

    I recently attended a presentation by a Senior Attorney for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in Denver, about protections of Section 504, Title II and Students with Disabilities in Public Schools from the American with Disabilities Act . This presentation was made to the MOSAIC support group in Denver, Colorado on  May 7, 2012 in regard to K-12 education and post secondary education. This write up pertains only to students with food allergies in COLLEGE. Sending a child with food allergies off to college is a daunting task and there are ...

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  • Follow Up interview with College Student, Carlo Steinman

    Carlo, when we spoke last year, you were getting ready to attend the University of Chicago. You have allergies to Dairy, Wheat, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Soy, Sesame, Fish, Shellfish, Most Fruits and Some Vegetables. What did you find most difficult with eating in a dorm cafeteria on a daily basis? What I’ve found most difficult is finding a good variety of protein for me to eat. There hasn’t ever really been a problem with there being food ...

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  • January 4, 2012 Posted on College Age with Food Allergies, 0 Comment

    Allergy Aware Colleges

    It's difficult to know where to start when your child with food allergies gets to that age to begin the college search. The good news is that most high schools are well equipped with counselors to help with the college search itself; however it's up to you and your child to pursue the discussion of food allergies with each individual college or university. We found that high school counselors weren't educated enough about food allergies to know how to answer any of our questions about a college's ability to feed ...

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  • July 10, 2011 Posted on College Age with Food Allergies, 0 Comment

    Food Allergies in Culinary Arts School

    Ari, how old are you and what are your allergies? I am a fair young maiden of twenty-one and a half. Just kidding, that's super old. Anyways, I'm a legal adult, and I have allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, shellfish, mustard seed, sesame and nigella seed. Whew. I've also got a handful of intolerances and sensitivities, like gluten, poultry, eggs, eggplant and milk. I think I remember reading that your allergies appeared “later” in ...

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  • Interview with Michaela Smith – Age 20

    Michaela, what food allergies (and intolerances) do you have and how old are you? I am twenty years old. I am moderately allergic to wheat and have severe gluten intolerance and other intolerances to beef, pork and lemon. I have not been tested for Celiac disease with a biopsy because I went off of wheat and noticed how much better it made me feel and didn’t want to start eating it again. GI doctors require with celiac tests that I still ...

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  • Interview with Carlo Steinman – Age 18

    Carlo, how old are you and what are your allergies? -I am 18 years old. I am allergic to Dairy, Wheat, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Soy, Sesame, Fish, Shellfish, Most Fruits and Some Vegetables. Have you ever experienced anaphylaxis? -I have been very fortunate to have not ever experienced anaphylaxis. Since you haven’t experienced anaphylaxis to your food allergens, how did you find out you were allergic to the foods you listed? - My pediatrician was very good about food allergies and suggested ...

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