I am a food allergy fighting ninja. My ingredient researching skills rival the FBI. My three-year-old is allergic to thirty foods. Scared of needles? Not me. I have Epi-pened Bubba at the gym, at a campfire, heck, right on our kitchen floor. I wasn’t always this confident.
I wasn’t even truly aware of my growing confidence until I made Scary Mommy’s Mommy Skillz list. I cried when I saw my words and my little Bubba smiling in the ER. Right there on the Internet for the whole world to see. After years of struggling to keep her safe and feeling like I might not ever be able to do so, I needed this pat on the back. Badly. I still have so much to learn and I learn every day from all the other allergy blogging mamas out there. But I would love to pass along my three plus years of growth, learning, and advocacy.
Our story is spread across these posts rather haphazardly. But it is a story that has become far too common. Fifteen million Americans currently have a food allergy including 1 in 13 children.