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...
As we educate ourselves about food allergy, we are not only better able to assist an allergic person during a reaction; we are better equipped to include them in daily living. See, for an allergic person, sometimes the worst part about having a food allergy is not the fear of a reaction. For some, the most difficult part of the diagnosis is being excluded - from the birthday party, family gathering, school field trip, work luncheon, church dinner, class project, the list is endless. Some of us are quick to exclude an allergic person out of fear, out of not knowing how to keep them safe or not knowing how to respond to a reaction.
FAAM raises awareness throughout the year but on this 20th Anniversary of Food Allergy Awareness Week - May 14-20, 2017, we are glad to celebrate in special ways.
This matters because it starts our conversation.
Let's continue it! Educate yourself about food allergy:
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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