Our guest blog today comes from our friend Gina Clowes. Gina is the mother of a son with multiple life-threatening food allergies and the founder of AllergyMoms.com. She understands how stressful it is to manage food allergies on a day-to-day basis, so in her ebook she shares all of the coping tools and tips that have gotten her and her family through the past ten years. She is also the author of the children’s book “One of the Gang: Nurturing the Souls of Children with Food Allergies.”
When a child is diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies, parents and caregivers often feel sad, scared and overwhelmed. As they try to navigate safely through mealtimes, family celebrations, play dates, classrooms, birthday parties and other social gatherings, they discover that the world is divided between those who “get it” and those who “don’t”. Many people mean well but simply do not comprehend the severity of food allergies and do not realize how insensitive their words and actions may seem to an allergic child.
I fought tooth and nail with family, friends and others in an effort to protect my son but felt like no one was listening. Finally I realized that in order for others to hear my message, I needed to manage my own emotions and stress level and present myself in a better way. In Ten Things Children with Food Allergies Want You to Know, my goal is to teach others how to be sensitive to the needs of these children and families while giving them essential tools, resources and advice to safely enjoy life to the fullest.
- Gina Clowes
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