Making the World Safer for Families with Food Allergies
Guest Post by Kara Schneider
My daughter Adel’s first anaphylactic reaction was at the age of 9 months. She ate a few bites of cottage cheese and within a few minutes she was gasping for breath and her face was so swollen you could no longer see any of her features. We rushed her to the ER and arrived with just moments to spare. Her milk allergy diagnosis left us overwhelmed and frightened for the future.
Food allergies can be very isolating. Any event outside our home was nerve-wracking, especially as she was a toddler who wanted to touch everything. FARE immediately became our go-to resource and support to help us keep Adel safe. We tell everyone in Adel’s circle that foodallergy.org is a one-stop shop for everything related to food allergies, no matter whether they have known her for 5 minutes or 5 years. I have shared foodallergy.org with countless newly diagnosed families, teachers, friends, family, and restaurants. I share foodallergy.org at every speaking event that I do. FARE has also connected me with other food allergy families through FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk. Connecting with others who understand what you are going through is so important and helpful.
Now, ten years later, we have become more comfortable with safe foods, safe restaurants, activities, and friends who she can safely play with, but we are always vigilant. To me, my daughter can do anything – we just have to continue to educate as many people as possible to make the world safe for her and everyone living with food allergies.
My hope is that one day I will no longer hear about families losing a child to anaphylaxis and that through education, more people will have compassion and understanding to those living with food allergies.
Families across the country like the Schneiders are learning how to live well every day in their food allergy journey. FARE is there to help at every step, but we can’t do it without you. Progress is possible because generous donors like you support FARE’s educational resources. Continue this progress by making a gift today that will be doubled up to $100,000 thanks to a matching gift from FARE's Board of Directors.
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