“Why were you carrying a blue pumpkin into the party?” my neighbor asked with a slightly confused yet inquisitive look on his face.
Bingo I thought!
“So happy you asked”, I replied.
I proceeded to tell him about the Teal Pumpkin Project which is a campaign to raise food allergy awareness and provide a safe alternative to candy for children with food allergies on Halloween. The pumpkin is painted teal because teal is the food allergy awareness color. He said he had never heard of it but thought it was a great idea.
“Do I need to paint a pumpkin teal?” he asked.
“If you want to, that would be great but it isn’t necessary.” I answered. ”My son and I had Continue reading →
Summer is winding down and school is about to start. Is your stomach doing flip-flops?
If your answer is yes, you’re not alone!
For years mine did.
Admittedly, I still get anxious about the start of school because of the change in teachers, classmates, parents and schedules.
But my message to you regarding sending your food-allergic child to school is the same as with any food allergy-related challenge – what may be overwhelming at first becomes manageable over time with education, preparation and dedication.
The good news?
Below are 3 videos to help you in each area. The content was written by me and Meg Carey, editor of A Little Bit CAN Hurt. The videos are courtesy of my kids.
Here’s to a successful and safe school year!
PART 1 OF 3
5 Tasks to Perform Outside of School
1. Refill emergency medications weeks prior to the start of school
Pharmacies may run low on emergency medications in August due to high demand Continue reading →
Soccer camp, lacrosse camp, religious camp, basketball camp, robotics camp, nature camp, day camp and overnight camp. Over the past 13 years, my food-allergic sons have attended their fair share (and more!) of summer camps.
Although it can be nerve wracking to send your food-allergic child to summer camp, it is possible for them to have a fun and safe experience and for you to be a relatively “happy camper” as well.
Here are 8 mistakes to avoid:
Mistake #1: Checking the availability of medications the night before camp.
I can’t believe it is already June!! The month of May flew by but was really exciting. I have several events to tell you about and so many people to thank.
First **new** -Food Allergy Action Month
I hope you saw that FARE declared the month of May to be Food Allergy Action Month. In addition to Food Allergy Awareness Week we now get to raise awareness all month long. Although it just ended, check out their site for some great bookmarks, posters, sample tweets etc. at www.foodallergy.org. Increasing awareness can be a full time project! I wore my teal and I got lots of comments on my teal nail polish!
Second The 2014 Charity Golf Classic & $210,000!
I had the privilege to play a small part in a terrific annual fundraiser, the 2014 Charity Golf Classic. Every May, this amazing group holds a golf fundraiser at the beautiful Bulle Rock Golf Course in order to raise money for Dr. Robert Wood’s food Continue reading →
At the request of FARE, I had the opportunity to give a food allergy talk to the Delaware Technical Community College students, staff and community members as a part of their Better U Series on April 8th.
Suzanne Marsh, a science teacher at the college and creator of the series, was a wonderful help and did a fabulous job in organizing the program. We had a great turnout with a very enthusiastic group. Participants were engaged, listened intently and asked insightful questions.
I am so thankful to have the support of many in the food allergy community who supported this event by sending books, labels, food products, pamphlets, brochures and coupons!
Although it took me 7 years with help from my editor, Meg Carey, as well as numerous family, friends, and professionals, I am thankful that I persevered.
With permission, I share Laura’s letter…
Thank you Donna!!
Since we discovered the boys’ food allergies, Jim’s father has never quite “gotten” it. About a month ago, he kindly suggested to us that we feed them a little bit of peanut butter to see what happened. He did not really believe all the “hoopla” about food allergies.
Seriously, this is no joke. I gave him our copy of your book and asked him to read Continue reading →
As I sit here writing my thoughts on the back of my son’s emergency room discharge instructions, it’s probably obvious that I have good news and bad news.
The bad news? My “baby,” now a tween, had an allergic reaction to something he ate at school which necessitated the immediate deployment of his allergy action plan involving epinephrine, a call to 911 and an ambulance ride to the emergency room.
The good news? He was treated quickly and effectively and discharged from the emergency room.
When I received the call from the school nurse, I was at work and had just sat down to eat Continue reading →