Thursday, January 21, 2010

What It's Like to Be a Food-Allergic Kid

As parents of kids with food allergies, we have a lot of extra stress when it comes to keeping our kids safe. When a common food can cause a life-threatening reaction, that kind of comes with the territory.

But have you ever wondered what it feels like to be on the receiving end of that care and concern? It may not always be what you think.

Check out this eloquent essay from the FAAN website, written by a 29-year-old who has suffered from allergies to dairy all of his life. Titled, "Creating Compromises," this article was eye-opening to me and confirmed that helping my daughter learn to be independent with her own allergy care is the right way to go. And it's never to early to start.

I am so impressed with this young man who is living proof that kids can learn to deal with severe food allergies and go on to lead healthy lives. Read it yourself and see what you think.


kelly said...

beautiful is so interesting to read the perspective of someone like him who is 29 years old. it really helps to explain what our kids are going through emotionally and socially. thanks so much for sharing jenny!

Food Allergy Assistant said...

What an inspiring letter! Thanks for sharing, Jenny!