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FARE Blog December 28, 2020

Daniel: The Duck Who Was Allergic to Eggs

"I wrote this book because I want to increase knowledge and empathy in children, especially elementary-aged kids."

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group (TAG) member Faith Grumley

Faith Grumley

Since I was 3 months of age, I have been allergic to eggs and milk. Though I outgrew the milk allergy at age 5, I am still highly allergic to eggs. I joined FARE’s Teen Advisory Group to help other kids through the same tough times I have experienced. Growing up before veganism was popular made finding safe foods very hard, and I always felt isolated. So, for my Girl Scout Gold Award, I wrote a book to show children like me that they are not alone. I wanted this book to open up the eyes of food-allergic children all around. Now, at the age of 17, I will soon have to navigate the world on my own, and I believe it’s possible because I know how to handle my food allergy.

Written over the course of the summer before my senior year in high school, Daniel: The Duck Who Was Allergic to Eggs has spread all over the U.S., Canada and even Hong Kong. I wrote this book because I want to increase knowledge and empathy in children, especially elementary-aged kids. In my experience, navigating the world with a food allergy can be a scary thing, even when you think you know all there is to know about food allergies. This book is to help kids cope and learn new things. As a child in the early 2000s, I never had a comfort book about food allergies. The only ones that existed were about more familiar food allergies. From reviews about my book, I have received overwhelming support from parents who have never been able to find a book for their egg-allergic children.

This book highlights the ups and downs of living with a food allergy. Throughout the story, Daniel learns the importance of anaphylaxis, epinephrine, what foods to steer clear of and, most importantly, empathy. Food allergy management has come a long way since I was a kid, and we still have more to strive for in the coming years. Please check out my book on Etsy on the shop FegsNoEggs.

 

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