Learning to Live With No Answers

  Is that a hive? Eczema? Other unspecified rash? All of the above?     Having food allergies involves numerous changes to your lifestyle and approach to everything. Especially if multiple food allergies are involved. After the months it took to get...

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A Skin Test Follow-Up

  A little over a week ago Shaun had his summer visit to his allergist. At this point, we typically check-in 4 times a year (not including food challenges or sick visits) with the intention of looking at his allergies, asthma and eczema condition. This allows us...

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How to Meal Plan and Why It Matters!

  It’s 4:30 in the afternoon on my way home from work. I slow down for a red light and Shaun pipes up from the back, “mom what’s for dinner tonight?”    Nothing is defrosted.    I haven’t been shopping in at least a week and a half.  And we are out of...

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When Planning Your Beach Trip Still Falls Short

  What’s that saying about “the best-laid plans”...?   As an allergy momma, I understand this sentiment intimately.  Vigilance and planning make it so Shaun can have happy, healthy experiences out in the world. But you see sometimes even our best-laid plans...

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How to Enjoy a Beach Day with Food Allergies

With the summer here in full swing, many people find themselves at, or wanting to go to, a beach! Hot temperatures and refreshing ocean are a perfect combination, but this becomes a little less carefree when you have allergies. So here’s how to enjoy a beach day with...

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Food Challenges and What to Expect

  Food challenges are part of allergy living, and like most things in allergy life, it is stressful, nuanced, and rewarding all at the same time! A food challenge is considered “the gold standard” test to determine if a person is allergic or not to a specific...

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Epinephrine Shortages and What You Can Do

    As of at least August 2018 (though some sources mention it as early as May of last year), there has been a shortage of available epinephrine for consumers.     This is a scary situation, as epinephrine is the single most crucial remedy for an...

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How to Plan a Trip to the Ballpark

  “ Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd, I'm allergic to peanuts and cracker jacks … “     Ahhhhh baseball, the great American pastime!!   I never dreamed I would be afraid to take my child to a ballpark.  But then again, I never...

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A Story of Food Allergy Ignorance

  The Story In January of 2017, Shaun accompanied me on our weekly trip to the grocery store. As we made our way through the produce section, we began our usual conversation about what foods are Shaun Safe and what foods are not. (Although Shaun was only two...

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Food Allergies: Learn the Basics

  There is a shocking level of misinformation or lack of information where food allergies are concerned. And with it being Food Allergy Awareness week it seems like a great time to start at the beginning. Today we will explore the basics of food allergies by...

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Meet Shaun!!

Meet Shaun!!       Our book reading, dinosaur loving, order seeking, joke telling, karate kicking, joy spreading four-year-old. Looking at him today it's hard to believe how far we have come!   For some, the food allergy journey begins with eczema....

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4 Ways to Love Someone with Food Allergies

My niece/nephew/cousin/friend etc. now has food allergies, and I have no experience with them. How do I help? I’m so glad you asked. A lot of people (not all, but some) will take the stance of “well it doesn’t directly affect me, so it’s not my problem” mentality....

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Why “The Art of Allergies?”

John & Linda Corning here! Husband & wife, teaming up to write openly about our life with a food allergy kid! We are excited to have you join us as we share our family’s experiences. Over the past four years, we have spent countless hours learning how to...

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