Thanksgiving During the Pandemic by Looking Beyond Food

Thanksgiving During the Pandemic by Looking Beyond Food

If you’re like my family, you’re probably wondering what the holidays will look like in 2020. Celebrating Thanksgiving during the pandemic is already a challenge–and that’s before you factor in raising children with food allergies! I’ve said it before, but Thanksgiving is not all about the food. In a year where many long-standing holiday traditions are either going to be…

The Teal Pumpkin Project is Creating Safe and Inclusive Traditions

The Teal Pumpkin Project is Creating Safe and Inclusive Traditions

Spooky season is in full swing as kids are gearing up for Halloween.  Ghouls and goblins may be scary, but there is nothing more frightening than an allergic reaction!  While most kids are overjoyed to go door-to-door stuffing their bags with candy, traditional Halloween treats aren’t always safe for children with life-threatening food allergies.  Many Halloween candies contain common allergens…

Anaphylaxis at School: A Teacher’s Perspective

Anaphylaxis at School: A Teacher’s Perspective

Food allergy anxiety is something that teachers, as well as food allergic students and their families, need to address when planning safe and inclusive activities. It has been a busy couple of weeks with standardized testing, so I wanted to do something special for my class kids.  What better way to let loose and blow off some steam than to…

Anaphylaxis at School: A Child’s Perspective

Anaphylaxis at School: A Child’s Perspective

As a parent of a child with food allergies, it feels as if stress and anxiety come with the territory.   Living with the constant threat to your child’s life can feel downright debilitating at times.  Despite our relentless persistence to carry the burden on our own, the effect a food allergy diagnosis has on our child is simply unavoidable. …

Overcoming Food Allergy Fears: A Parent’s Perspective

Overcoming Food Allergy Fears: A Parent’s Perspective

One day, I walked into a class party organized by my son’s teacher. The sight of brightly colored balloons normally evokes feelings of joy. However, as the mother of a child with a latex allergy, the scene was anxiety-inducing. This anxiety quickly escalated to sheer panic when I discovered my son was having a severe anaphylactic reaction. There he was all alone, desperately gasping for air as the color steadily drained from his face.

What about School in the Fall?

What about School in the Fall?

Everyone is limping across the finish line to the last day of school or is celebrating the weird end we just celebrated last week. But what happens next year? Are we all going to still be doing Zoom school, working from home balancing it all. As the parent of a cold with a life-threatening disease, the thought of school being completely different again can be terrifying.

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