Don't Beat Yourself Up

Guest Post by Cori
Family Allergies: Milk, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Wheat, Fish, Corn, Meat, Other

How did you first learn about your family's allergies? We found out my daughter was allergic to cow milk at about 6 weeks of age. By 18 months we found out her allergies were milk, eggs, corn, peas, beef and pork. At 2 1/2 she added green beans, carrots, garlic, wheat, rye, barley, and turkey. After several new reactions we have had to eliminate fish, shellfish and tomatoes. We also have never introduced nuts or tree nuts.

What's the worst part of having food allergies in your family? Is there more than one? My daughter is the only one with food allergies and the worst part would have to be all the unknown reactions she has. We are always left wondering what caused the reaction.

For us, food allergies has lead to many unexpected joys. Can you share one positive thing that you've learned or something good that's happened because of food allergies? I think it is great that we have come to realize what kind of stuff is in prepackaged food and we are a lot picker about what we put into our bodies.

If you could travel back in time, to when you first learned about your child's food allergies, what advice would you give yourself? I would tell myself that most family members won't understand allergies so don't beat yourself up trying to make them understand and taking it so personal.

Note from Tiffany: Cori ~ Thank you for sharing your story. I agree, we are pickier about our food, even after we've "grown out" of some allergens. I also can relate to people not understanding allergies ~ family, friends, strangers and even politicians. Becoming your child's advocate within your family is preparation for being an advocate at the school, the church and the community. We really don't have a choice, because our kids' safety depends on not taking it personal (as you said.) You're so right. It's important to develop that "thick skin" and expect disbelief. Thanks again :)