Abc.com recently held a great roundtable for the “On Call+Allergy” section of their Web site. I came across the videos of the roundtable today, and it is wonderful and refreshing to see real allergy moms talking to each other about all things allergies. These women are open and honest about a condition that is vastly growing in children today.The four mothers, Laurel Francoeur, Susan Wynn, Christine Mulvey and Jennifer Root each have a young child with life-threatening allergies, ranging from a peanut allergy to a milk allergy to multiple food allergies. They candidly discuss the allergy warning signs, coping with the allergy diagnosis, convincing others of the allergy, handling school and special events with the allergy, the guilt and hurt that comes along with the allergies and the bright side of it all (yes, there is one!). Other interesting topics covered are the sneakiness of soy and the surprising risk with cross contamination.
To see the article and videos, click here.
You may recall the blog entry we wrote a few months ago on an article in Newsweek called “A Plea for My Daughter.” The mother in the article could not understand why other parents treated her child’s allergy as an annoyance. The women that participated in this roundtable discuss this topic openly and it is really a great thing to hear – whether you are an allergy parent or not.
There is a lot that goes into being an allergy parent, but most of all you should know that you’re not alone! It’s ok to be angry or resentful or scared. Use this roundtable as an example, and find other allergy parents to talk to. The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) has great support groups. Click here to find a food allergy event or group in your area. If you have any allergy questions, I’d love to answer them!