Author Judy Wendkos Liss reminds us to give epinephrine during a reaction. If you wait until there are severe symptoms, it may be too late.
Im rarely at a loss for words but when I was diagnosed at the age of 34 with allergies to milk, soy and peanuts I found myself feeling voiceless. I already knew I was allergic to tree nuts, shellfish and sunflower seeds. Things that were pretty easy to avoid. But milk and soy? Wowzers! And one of my go to snacks was always peanuts and peanut butter. My all time favorite candy bar was Reese’s NutRageous.
My allergist recommended I in addition to shellfish and tree nuts I eliminate milk, soy and peanuts from my diet beginning January 1, 2013. I was also advised to eliminate coconut as well. Before the new year began I scoured the web for information about food allergies. I found a ton….for parents, specifically moms of young children. There was very little information available for adults. I kept digging and continued to come up empty.
In my research I was surprised to learn that there is an entire community online of food allergy bloggers. So many that they gathered at conference this past November in Las Vegas. They inspired me to share my perspective. So here I am, hoping to help others who may find themselves in a similar situation.