by Janette Kennedy, MAEd
Anxiety permeated the principal’s demeanor as she invited us into the conference room. The past months had been filled with increasingly contentious emails and meetings as we tried to develop a plan to ensure that my daughter would be both safe and included at school. You see, she has life-threatening allergies to multiple foods and there are things she needs to survive that other children, and even those with food allergies, may not need. Obviously, we had let the process devolve to this moment. Here we were though, back at the table, and we learned a great deal in the process.
After trying homemade granola, I rarely reach for store-bought kinds. A little time in the kitchen is completely worth it for a simple-to-store and easy-to-grab snack or addition to a morning yogurt parfait. This recipe makes a batch large enough to share with friends or package and give as gifts.
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 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.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately and follow up with a physician.