Maryland Restaurant Awareness Bill Support

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Would you like Maryland restaurants to have staff trained on food allergies?
Would such legislation make it safer and more enjoyable for your family to eat out?

 

If so, email your state senator to ask for their support for legislation sponsored by Senator Raskin (SB409) that would require training and awareness of food allergies in Maryland restaurants.

The legislation is being heard in the Senate Finance Committee tomorrow,  February 20th.

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Be SAFE,

Donna
Supporting the Food Allergy Circle

Donna DeCosta, MD ( @foodallermomdoc ) is founder of FoodAllergyMomDoc an online community dedicated to supporting the Food Allergy Circle with tips, ideas and resources.

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My Baby: What If’s, Flashbacks and a Higher Power –Inside the Mind of This Allergy Mom

bigstock-Mother-Caressing-Baby-147849As 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

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FREE Kindle giveaway follow up!

Quick follow up to the FREE Kindle giveaway of A Little Bit CAN Hurt.

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Thanks to you and my awesome launch team, which included families from the USA, Italy, UK, and Australia over 10,000 books were downloaded worldwide over a 3 day period!

 

Thank you to everyone who tweeted, posted on Facebook, pinned on Pinterest and shared by word of mouth.

 

 

So…what next?

As a concerned group, let’s mobilize, work together and move forward!

Are there any food allergy issues that keep you up at night?  You are not alone.  We are here to help.

Please leave a concern in the comments below or email me at donna@foodallergymomdoc.com.

 

Be SAFE!

Donna
Supporting the Food Allergy Circle

Donna DeCosta, MD ( @foodallermomdoc ) is founder of FoodAllergyMomDoc an online community dedicated to supporting the Food Allergy Circle with tips, ideas and resources.

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3 Days Only! Free “A Little Bit CAN Hurt” Download

Happy Holidays to you and yours! A LIttle Bit Can Hurt download

I’d like to give you a FREE download of my book, A Little Bit CAN Hurt: The Shocking Truth about Food Allergies — Why We Should Care, What We Can Do over the next three days.

This gift is one that will keep on giving through increased knowledge and awareness about managing your or your loved one’s food allergy.  Feel free to inform others about the download or buy additional copies for those in your or your child’s Food Allergy Circle including physicians, childcare and/or school personnel and extended family.

If you’ve read the book, I would appreciate you leaving a quick review on Amazon which may help potential readers determine if this book is right for them.

Thanks and  Be SAFE!

Donna
Supporting the Food Allergy Circle

Donna DeCosta, MD ( @foodallermomdoc ) is founder of FoodAllergyMomDoc an online community dedicated to supporting the Food Allergy Circle with tips, ideas and resources.

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Thank you A Little Bit CAN Hurt launch team!

people around a globe launch teamI just wanted to thank all of the people who signed up to be a part of the A Little Bit CAN Hurt launch team! 

I am proud to announce that we have members from around the world including the US, UK, Australia and Italy!

Together, I hope that we will be able to impress upon the masses worldwide that food allergies are serious and yes, a little bit can hurt.

Too many tragedies and near tragedies occur frequently due to lack of information and awareness.  This needs to end.

It is my hope that by collectively sharing the stories and interviews in this book, we can further promote food allergy awareness, understanding and proactive advocacy.

Thanks again to my team for your enthusiasm!  I am grateful for your support. 

Be SAFE!

Donna
Supporting the Food Allergy Circle

P.S.  If you’d like to help with this effort, I invite you to share A Little Bit CAN Hurt with your Food Allergy Circle including family, friends, school staff, health care providers and caregivers.  Thank you!

 

Donna DeCosta, MD ( @foodallermomdoc ) is founder of FoodAllergyMomDoc an online community dedicated to supporting the Food Allergy Circle with tips, ideas and resources.

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Wanted: A Little Bit CAN Hurt Launch TEAM!

FAMD launch teamHave you ever heard the following?

 

“It’s only a little bit.  Surely it can’t hurt.”

“I had no idea food allergies are that serious!”

“But my child will only eat peanut butter.”

If you have, would you consider helping me to get the word out that, “Yes, a little bit CAN hurt” or worse?

Since my oldest child was diagnosed with severe food allergies 13 years ago, I have heard these and similar statements which motivated me in part to write A Little Bit CAN Hurt.  To do so, I interviewed children, teens and adults with food allergies who openly shared their stories and provided invaluable personal insight.  I have also interviewed professionals whose jobs involve the care of food-allergic individuals.  These voices effectively convey the lessons of my book that food allergies can hurt, they are shocking, why we should care and what we can do.

My desire is to help people living with food allergies by providing information to them as well as their Food Allergy Circles which include family, friends, caregivers and educators.  I want to do this on a large scale, but I need your help!

If you would like to help raise awareness about food allergies with a larger community, I’d love to have you on our team.  I will give the first 50 people who contact me by November 18th a free pdf of my book, A Little Bit CAN Hurt.  In return, I ask that you write an honest review of my book at Amazon.com by November 25, 2013.

Why am I asking for book reviews? Reviews give proof that something is important.  With Continue reading

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FABlogCon was Fab-ulous!

What is the FABlogCon?  I’m glad you asked! fab

FABlogCon stand for the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference which was held in Las Vegas Nevada at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa November 2-4th, 2013.

The conference was the brain child of Jenny Sprague founder of Multiple Food Allergy Help who, as I found out this weekend, is a very caring, loving and exceptional woman.

With the help of Homa Woodrum ,another remarkable woman and founder of Oh Mah Deehness , the FABlogCon was thoughtfully planned over many months and successfully delivered this past weekend.

They didn’t do just a great job, they knocked it out of the park!

From the venue to the overstuffed swag bags ( yes plural), to the exceptional food prepared by Chef Keith Norman (who knew gluten free could be so delish? ), to the exceptional speakers to the author signing reception, to the amazing door prizes…it was a lovely event.

In addition to the more tangible perks, the excitement in the air was palpable. There was laughter, conversation and genuine interest.  Smiles and hugs filled the room.

It felt like a reunion of new friends.  Now I know that sounds strange but let me explain. I met so many people for the first time, face to face, that I have known over the years via social media.  Now, I can finally put a face to a name.

I also met many new friends with exceptional stories, exceptional ideas, doing exceptional things.

I feel truly grateful to have been part of this experience and appreciate all of the people who helped to make it such a great success.

Here are some takeaways-

  • There are no absolute contraindications for epinephrine use in anaphylaxis
  • Of the people having allergic reactions, only 30-40%  of the time was epinephrine used in those who required it!
  • Nevada’s mandatory stock epinephrine law for schools has already saved 6 lives
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80+ Allergy Friendly Halloween Pins, Tips and Ideas!

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Decorations up? (Not mine)

Ready for the little munchkins? (Not me)

If you are still looking for some Halloween inspiration (like me) or allergy friendly Halloween articles, visit my Pinterest Page for 80+ pins (tips and ideas for the non Pinterest folks!) at
http://www.pinterest.com/famd/allergy-friendly-halloween/

If you’re short on time (like most of us) here are a few of my favorite tips for having a fun and safe Halloween.

  • Feed children first!  Full tummies may find candy less tempting
  • Enforce a “No eating” policy while trick-or-treating
  • Take along epinephrine auto-injectors (nothing different here), cell phone and flashlight Continue reading
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Last chance…Midnight tonight!

Would you like a chance to win a FREE autographed copy of my book, A Little Bit CAN Hurt for yourself or for someone in your Food Allergy Circle?

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The Goodreads Giveaway ends tonight, September 20th  at midnight!  Enter your name for a chance to win 1 of 3 copies at this Goodreads link.

 
ABOUT THE BOOK
A Little Bit Can Hurt: The Shocking Truth about Food Allergies – Why We Should Care, What We Can Do underscores the dual message that food allergies are life threatening but also manageable. Easy to read, compelling and abundantly informative, this book will be indispensable to parents, extended family, physicians, school personnel and anyone who knows and cares for a food-allergic child or adult.

Be SAFE,
Donna

Donna DeCosta, MD ( @foodallermomdoc ) is founder of FoodAllergyMomDoc an online community dedicated to supporting the Food Allergy Circle with tips, ideas and resources.

 

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Back-to-School Party!

                                         YOU’RE INVITED!
                                          Hosted by Donna DeCosta

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The occasion? The kids are headed BACK-to-SCHOOL!

Do you have questions or concerns? Have any tips to share? Looking for back-to-school ideas?

Join us for SCHOOL CHAT,  on Facebook. Tuesday August 27th, 7-9PM EST

My new book, A Little Bit CAN Hurt: The Shocking Truth about Food Allergies – Why We Should Care, What We Can Do, provides insight into living with food allergies.
Consider giving a copy to your child’s school nurse, teacher, principal or library.

The book is available on Amazon.com.

By purchasing the book, you are helping to raise awareness about food allergies and create a safer environment for those with food allergies. It is my hope and goal to make Amazon’s Bestseller List to bring more attention to this important subject.

So buy a copy for yourself and others in your Food Allergy Circle (family, friends, Continue reading

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