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Readers Respond: Best Ways to Teach Others About Food Allergies

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Updated February 03, 2011

Have you sucessfully worked with your child's teacher, grandparents, or babysitter to increase their understanding of food allergies? Have you taught your co-workers to recognize the signs of anaphylaxis? Share your story of what works (and what doesn't) for educating the people in your life about food allergies.

Adjusting to Life with Food Allergies

It was almost exactly one year ago today that my son was diagnosed with severe peanut, tree nut and egg allergies. I remember smiling at the allergist and saying, Okay! Thank you! See ya in a year! And skipping out of the office completely clueless (after being trained on how to save his life with an Epi-pen, of course ). The whole thing was so surreal, and it didn't hit me until I was home, 20 or 30 minutes later, that our whole world was about to change. I spent hours that day ripping apart my pantry, vacuuming every last inch of my house so as to not leave a random M&M or peanut that could have possibly fallen down the sofa. I then went into grief mode and was really quite out of it for several weeks, while my husband and I tried to grasp the reality of the situation. So many fears, so many unknowns A year later, things are good. I am finally ready to become that mom , advocating for my son (23 months) who will begin preschool in 18 short months. The passing of the child last month, and your blog about it spurred me to finally act on many things that I have been thinking about. I have a meeting scheduled for next week with the principal at the private school where my two older children attend, and where my FA son will attend in a year and a half. I hope to lay the framework now for safer guidlines there, so that when my youngest son does begin school, I'll feel that he is safe. But, to bring it back around to your post today, it is really hard to go back to that first day, that awful day, when everything changed. So I empathize with you deeply, for having to re-live some of that. Thank you for all that you do. I have been reading your blog and using your recipes for many months now, and I just finally felt compelled to reach out and let you know the impact that your blog has had on me and my family.Sincerely,Gretchen
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Mom to Food Allergy Blog has many great tips and what living in a food allergy world is like.
—Guest Jeanette

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