Starting this new, abstract life was really tough for me; it was even harder doing it alone. At the time I had no one to turn to, no one to support me- I was a single mom that lost her, at the time, husband to a murder. But I didn't give up. I knew that I had to keep my baby safe.
My mom really supported me at such a difficult time in my life. We learned what we had to in order to keep Aeverie safe. We learned to read labels, although it was a very tedious task. We called companies to make sure products were safe, we advocated for Aeverie, and I started running a support group for moms whose children have peanut allergies. My sisters were also a great support and even changed the ingredients they ate. For example, they stopped eating peanut butter and switched to sunbutter.
When I met my now amazing husband of 3years, he jumped right in to our way of life: no nuts and no endearing kisses to Aeverie after eating dairy, fish or shellfish because of her contact reactions. He learned to read labels and call companies as well. He also restricted his diet and changed his lifestyle (such as no shoes in the house and no more nutella- poor Italian man)! Now that we have our 1year old daughter in the mix, we have discovered that we are facing new challenges. She has GERDS and FPIES and may possibly have EOE and/or MCAD, but we continue to do what we can for her too. She has no safe foods and is on a medical formula called Neocate Infant.
As a family we have grown to love our new lifestyle and we wouldn't have it any other way. It makes us who we are. From the recipe creating, to food allergy walks, to an improved version of the support group "No Nuts Moms" which now includes any member of the family for kids with any food allergy. We go to allergy summits, allergy friendly expos and we advocate.
I know what it's like to have no knowledge and to grow in this allergen-free community. I want to help you with what I can because it can be a struggle to do it alone. I don't want you to have to be alone in this. Support in any way is a great friend. Let me be a support for you, whether you are new to this, have been in this for longer than I or have friends/family members who need support too. We can all support each other!
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