Welcome to Food Allergy Mom Doc

Hello!

I’m Donna DeCosta and I welcome you to my food allergy blog. 

As a married and working Mom of two wonderful children with life threatening food allergies, I have decided to use this blog as a tool to inform and support individuals and families living with food allergy as well as people who are dealing with food allergy in their professions as educators, school nurses, etc. 

Here you will read the stories of people I have met and interviewed as well as the lessons and challenges I have experienced with my children while managing their food allergies in the context of their very busy personal, school and extracurricular lives.

My blog will be rich with recommended resources and up to date with discussions about current headlines.  I’m a busy Mom and physician so I will keep my posts short.

My goal is to create a community around this serious health concern so that people do not have to go through it alone.  I welcome your input, and I hope that you will share your experiences and ideas. 

Pass the word so that we can grow strong as a community.

 

                                                                         Safety through education,

                                                                         Donna

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20 Responses to Welcome to Food Allergy Mom Doc

  1. Congrats and best of luck with your new blog!

    Lynda

  2. Kristin says:

    I think this is a GREAT idea….thanks for sharing.

  3. Jeannie says:

    Donna,
    I love the blog so far. I will pass this along to parents I meet who would benefit from your knowledge, resources and hard work!

  4. Ann Marie says:

    Thank you for sharing your expertise, experience and resources. I will be sharing this with teachers and parents at my kids’ school. Keep up the good work for all of us!

  5. As someone who has had to discover how to deal with a gluten intolerance, it is wonderful that you are writing this blog. I wish you great success, Donna, and look forward to reading what you share and learning even more. Bravo!

  6. Carol says:

    My sister-in-law is 47. After years of pain and suffering, she just learned that she has a gluten allergy. Now that her diet is gluten-free, she no longer has the pain that she lived with for many years. Even though her allergy may not have been life-threatening, imagine how many people like her miss work and family events because they feel so lousy.

    We run after school programs, and we are very careful to insist that nuts be excluded from all snacks. Still, many people do not understand the importance of looking out for all kids. I forget myself sometimes, so the reminders and education is key.

    Thanks for all that you do to make the rest of us aware of our role in keeping others safe.

    • Carol, I’m glad that your sister in law found the source of her pain. I hear of more and more people diagnosed with gluten intolerance which can be difficult to manage. I applaud your school for carefully selecting snacks to keep all of your children safe. Even those of us who “live it” everyday forget sometimes. We can all help to remind and educate each other. Thanks for your support! Donna

  7. Katherine says:

    After this – I’ll just lurk – but thanks for going ahead with this – I look forward to reading.

  8. Kaye Thrasher says:

    Donna, I think this is wonderful that you are spreading the word about food allergies. So many people don’t understand the seriousness of food allergies. I am fortunate that my two don’t have food allergies. But as you know I do have one that has a severe drug allergy to NSAIDs. It is a very frightening experience to see your kid covered in hives with huge swollen lips being rushed to the ER. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for a mom who has the constant day-to-day worry of a food allergy since our kids can’t be with us 24×7.

    Best of luck, Kaye

    • Thanks Kaye. While many people, like yourself, understand the seriousness of allergies you are right that many others do not. It can be very frightening for the food allergic individual as well as their family, friends, teachers, classmates etc. I hope that my experiences will be helpful to others.

    • Sallie Elliott says:

      This is great information. I have allergies and wish this information was available when I was younger. Thanks so very much.

  9. Lisa Wurfl-Roeca says:

    Donna- this is wonderful! It’s always great to have more resources of information and support. Thanks for doing this and always keeping me updated!

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