Thursday, April 30, 2015

UPDATE: Allergy Fun will soon be on Kindle!

It's been a long time coming, but we will be releasing a new book soon called Allergy Fun. It will be available on Kindle. If you don't have a Kindle, you can simply download their free app onto your phone or tablet to access all their books. Why not download it now, and check out what else is worth reading?

Our oldest son is now six and we have been on this allergy journey for over five years. It seems we will continue to be on this journey for many years to come, for both of our sons.

What started as a very lonely and isolating journey has led to a new path, and the discovery of unexpected friendship and camaraderie. Along the way, especially online, we have made connections with many other families who are travelling the same road. We celebrate the passing of food challenges, we mourn the deletion of a product line, we laugh at the insane hours we are kept in the kitchen, and we marvel at how our young people are growing and thriving, in spite of their many allergies.
Allergy Fun is based on our son who is at risk of anaphylaxis when he consumes any milk, egg, peanut or tree nuts. We struggled in the early days to find books that were relevant or helpful for him. There were a number of books very helpful for parents, but not so many for younger children. Some books had characters with "just" one allergy, while our son had multiple. We were unable to find many books that also encompassed the social and emotional side of living with severe allergies. Allergy Fun aims to fill that gap, with a blend of practical advice about eating safe food, how to enjoy birthday parties, how to still have fun with friends and most of all how to accept and appreciate the uniqueness of each individual.

I hope you enjoy reading the book when it comes out, and I hope it helps any little ones you know affected by allergies.

Friday, May 24, 2013

A side venture - From Our Home To Yours

Oh, I forgot to mention the other reason for my scarce posts!

I've started making and selling Bandana Bibs using Facebook and Ebay - From Our Home To Yours

Come and check out my bandana bibs - they are great for babies and young children who dribble a lot, especially when they are teething. Or just wear them as an accessory, especially in the cooler months :-)

I'm enjoying the sense of achievement when I can see the product of my efforts. I also love the feel of natural fabrics, so scouring the shops for lovely designs is also a lovely past time. Plus, with two boys, I haven't had the chance to express my own girlyness hiding within... what with lego, transformers and Star Wars ... until now!
Love, care and warm wishes, From Our Home To Yours.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Allergy Networks

I cannot believe that it is already May. When I started writing this blog, I aimed for 2 posts a month. Then it dwindled to 1 post a month after our second son was born. Now, I have not written a post since January this year! If you read that post, you will be happy to know that I am feeling much better about life in general. Our allergies are still with us, but I have been finding new ways of dealing with it, mainly through the internet!

I remember when our first son was diagnosed with anaphylaxis to 8 of the top 9 foods allergens, I was completely dumbfounded. I searched the internet for blogs, for resources, but hardly found any. I thought we were the only ones suffering. That was one of the reasons for starting this blog. Fast forward 3 years, and I am amazed at the number of blogs out there now. When I check the details, many of them have been started in the last 3 years. I recently found a support group on facebook for others suffering from anaphylaxis. Again, this is less than 3 years old. I read quite a few blogs now, written by other food allergy mums and it is encouraging to read about other families going through similar things, and how they handle life in general. Some posts bring smiles, some bring tears, and some bring more questions.

One of the best things I've experienced this year is the support I've found in starting up a facebook group for allergy mums in our local area. It all happened by chance. I've been checking out a local facebook group for selling second hand children's items when another mum posted a question about allergies. It was totally unrelated to what the site is for, but suddenly lots of allergy mums came out of the woodwork offering advice and support. Thus, our allergy facebook group started and we continue to get new members each month. It differs from a blog because each person is able to voice their ideas and experience for everyone to read. There is a lot of discussion that goes on, thanks to smart phones, 4G, all the technological stuff! We've even had people put out calls for help when there is a shortage of specialty baby milk formula, and others come to the rescue. What a wonderful community we've created.

Amazing isn't it, how technology has enabled us to reach out and touch the lives of so many more. For me, being able to encourage others who travel a similar road to us with multiple food allergies, brings some meaning and purpose to the path we have had to take.

So if you haven't checked out what is available to help you lately, I'd encourage you to put it on your TO DO list. Facebook, blogs, Pinterest - all full of recipe ideas, other people tackling similar issues, and other people looking to hear from you.