Interview with Nubian Simmons
The following are my life experiences and my opinions. They are not intended to offend or offer medical advice.
1. What are you allergic to, and when were you diagnosed?
I am allergic to milk (age 15) and wheat (age 34). I can remember being 6 or 7 and always at the doctor’s office getting tested. I do not know how prevalent food allergies were 30 years ago, but my mom, a retired nurse, was determined to figure it out. Once we realized it was the milk, she searched to find anything I could eat or drink that would not cause a reaction.
If you do not live with the daily responsibility of managing food allergies, Food Allergy Awareness Week may not seem like a big deal. It is for the food allergy community because it provides a special opportunity to highlight facts to the public with the hope of educating and increasing empathy for a subject that many know little about until it becomes a part of their personal lives.
Food allergy awareness matters because...
Food Allergy Awareness Week's 20th Anniversary is next week, May 14-20, 2017. This is the perfect time to share food allergy facts with friends and family on social media, print handouts for teachers and administrators at school, and raise awareness at your community center or place of worship. It is also a great time to celebrate YOU - the young adult managing food allergies at college, the parent or teacher of an allergic child, the grandparent caring for an allergic grandbaby. Food allergies may be challenging at times, but you are doing a great job managing them and living a full life! Go ahead, take a moment to pat yourself on the back!
We have some exciting news to share. FAAM's co-founder, Billy Barnett, is featured in a new book! Billy was interviewed for the book When Your Child Has Food Allergies by Mireille Schwartz, released today. Billy shares his experiences as a food allergy dad and advice on the responsibility of fathers in the family, "I think it is natural for Mom to take on the lead role of protecting her child when diagnosed, but Dads have the same responsibility." I can attest to the fact that Billy takes his responsibilities as Daddy very seriously, so it is no surprise that his role as food allergy dad is equally important to him.
Food for Thought is the blog for the Food Allergy Alliance of the MidSouth. FAAM's mission is to provide food allergy support, education, advocacy, fellowship & fun for Memphis, TN and surrounding areas.
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