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  • Food Allergy Bullying – What’s the Solution?

    There has been an abundance of publicity surrounding Food Allergy Bullying recently. My now 17 year old son, Morgan, experienced bullying around his food allergy in first grade, so I certainly empathize with this problem. What concerns me, however, is that it appears that news organizations, research and a public service announcement continue to focus on the problem and not on a solution. With many more years of parenting under my belt, experience of what does work and a long term ...

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  • Here’s To Success For All Our Children

      This is our daughter, Michaela, on her first day of Kindergarten in 1996. It's been a long road of education since then! We didn't know that Michaela would come to be diagnosed with several learning disabilities, or that she would also have multiple broken bones from osteopenia caused by celiac disease, or that all the stomach aches she had for years wasn't because of anxiety about school, but rather from a mast cell disorder. We were new parents to a second child, Morgan, who ...

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  • Does Your Child With Food Allergies Dislike Being ‘Different’?

    My son, Morgan, is now 17 years old and has a long time to process feeling 'different' from his peers. He frequently hears from other children with food allergies who ask him questions like "Do You Get Tired of Being Different?" Morgan got the opportunity to answer this question in an email that he received earlier this week. I so enjoyed his response that I wanted to share it with all of you. I can't personally say I've ever been tired of ...

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  • Have You Become a Food Allergy Detective?

        When my son, Morgan, was little we were constantly trying to figure out what caused his red, weeping eyes. Or his runny nose. Or his bad eczema. Or his hives. It was a daily battle in becoming what I now call a "Food Allergy Detective." Truly, it was frightening to not know why he was reacting when we went to the library, for example. We'd bring home several books. I'd look over at Morgan and he would be a mucousy mess. We ...

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  • Growing Up With Food Allergies

    In December of 2005, when my now 17 year old son, Morgan, was just 9 years old, I asked him if he'd be willing to start writing a column for my AllergicChild.com Newsletter. We decided to call it Morgan's Corner.  This was before he'd had anaphylaxis to fish on that fateful camping trip. He was still in elementary school, and wasn't yet allowed to self-carry his EpiPen since the law in Colorado was yet to be passed. However he was certainly knowledgeable about his food allergies! He'd ...

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  • Food Allergies & Dating with Sloane Miller

    Sloane Miller, food allergy advocate, author and life coach, is founder and President of Allergic Girl Resources, Inc., a consultancy devoted to food allergy awareness.  She consults with private clients, the healthcare, food and hospitality industries, government and not-for-profit advocacy organizations. Ms. Miller earned her Master of Social Work at the New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and her Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Literature at Bennington College. In 2006 she started Please Don't Pass the Nuts, an award-winning blog ...

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  • January 8, 2013 Posted on Emotional Aspects of Food Allergies, 3 Comments

    Marriage, Divorce and Children with Food Allergies

    If you have a child with life threatening food allergies, I'm sure you know how stressful daily living can be and how difficult it is to keep your marriage healthy and happy in the middle of all that stress. My husband, Bob, and I wrote about the Emotional Aspects of Food Allergy on Marriage in a previous blog post here. If you're beyond the point of staying in your marriage, my interview with Elizabeth Goldenberg is below. Elizabeth Goldenberg is the Founder and President of Onespot Allergy, a blog and 

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  • November 16, 2012 Posted on Emotional Aspects of Food Allergies, 0 Comment

    Becoming Part of a Food Allergy Support Group

    I have found it really helpful to be part of a local support group of food allergy families. Our local group is called MOSAIC – Mothers of Severely Allergic Infants and Children in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There's a very active MOSAIC group in Denver, Colorado which has been meeting for several years. Our group in Colorado Springs is newer, but we continue to grow and to have great meetings. It's great to have other food allergic parents to talk to about schools, local grocery stores and local ...

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  • October 13, 2012 Posted on Emotional Aspects of Food Allergies, 1 Comment

    Parents Who Bully about Food Allergies

    As a follow up to last month’s article about Managing Food Allergy Bullies I received many requests to write more about our experience with other parents who have bullied me and/or my husband about our son’s food allergies. It isn’t easy to manage the fears that come with sending our children off to school and then to add other parents and their issues really can push us to our limits of civility! It was a very difficult time when our now 16 ...

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  • Emotional Aspects of Food Allergies on Marriage

    Food allergies comprise much more than just a physical component. The emotional aspects of managing a child's food allergies challenge even the best of marriages. In this ongoing series about the Emotional Aspects of Food Allergies, this month's article focuses on the difficulties and the joys of managing your child's food allergies while supporting your marriage. My husband, Bob, will offer his experience, along with myself and how food allergies have given us opportunities in our marriage to support each ...

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  • The Tragedy of Peanut Allergy Anaphylaxis

    This month's main article will touch many hearts. Dee Benson, mom to Laura, lost her beautiful 18 year old daughter to peanut-induced anaphylaxis in 2004. She's never told Laura's story and wanted to tell all of you about her. It's heart-wrenching to realize that we really do deal with life and death when managing food allergies. Dee, tell us about your daughter Laura. What did she like? What were her dreams for the future? Thanks Nicole for the opportunity to tell Laura’s story. ...

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  • Food Allergies, School & a Tragedy

    Sending your child off to school for the first time is difficult for most parents. When your child has food allergies, there can be even more anxiety. Then, hearing about the death of a 7 year old girl at school in Virginia can tip the anxiety over the top! The details around the sad, tragic death of first grade student, Ammaria Johnson, may never be fully known. (Click here for more info about this tragedy.) What is known is that Ammaria never received epinephrine at her school. Her Mom ...

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  • November 1, 2011 Posted on Emotional Aspects of Food Allergies, 0 Comment

    Emotional Aspects of Food Allergies and Extended Family

    Food allergies comprise much more than just a physical component. The emotional aspects of food allergies continue to rear up with each stage of development in a child’s life. Dealing with extended family members who may not "get it" can create strained relationships. With those family members who do understand, it's so wonderful to have another advocate on your side! This month, my friend, Jenny Kales, of The Nut-Free Mom Blog and I are discussing our experience with our extended family and food allergies.

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  • Emotional Aspects of Food Allergies at School

    Food allergies comprise much more than just a physical component. The emotional aspects of food allergies continue to rear up with each stage of development in a child’s life. A child in preschool might not notice receiving a ‘safe snack’ from their snack bin; while an elementary child will wilt at the teacher giving them something different to eat. A middle school child might rebel against food restrictions, while a high school age ...

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  • Bullying children with food allergies

    In the recent CNN article, Food allergies make kids a target of bullies, statistics were given that about 35% of children over the age of 5 with food allergies have been bullied, teased or harassed. There has been a lot of press on bullying recently, and this particular research published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology brought it closer to home for us. Our school district defines Bullying in their Policy as follows:  Bullying is defined as any written or verbal expression, physical act or gesture, or a ...

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  • Emotional Aspects of Food Allergy

    Remember when your child was first diagnosed with a severe, life threatening food allergy? For me, I was in denial for months before I could truly accept what a life-altering event it was. I was beyond scared, and I wasn’t sure I was up for the task. I felt overwhelmed at the road that lay before me to practice vigilance to ensure my son would never come into contact with his allergens. I had a very difficult time trusting that even my husband could properly take care of our son. There have ...

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