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Allergies not-so-Anonymous

 

Hi my name is Christine and I have a lot of food allergies.

(Hello, Christine)

Unlike the other authors on this blog, I’ve had food allergies since I was born. My allergy journey began when I was terribly sick during the holiday season during the first few years of my life. It turns out it was because I had a poultry allergy and it revealed itself when I was served turkey for the holiday meals. I don’t have any memories during this time, but I do know it was scary for my parents.

As I grew up I found that I was not only allergic to poultry, but to a handful of other things. This includes tree nuts, shellfish, peas, and melons. In the last few years I have developed EOE caused by wheat and another undetermined factor. I also have developed a lactose intolerance.

What this means for me is that when I meet new people I often end up having to dive right into my allergies as food is such an important part of the social experience. I wish I could just have my allergies be not such a big deal and remain anonymous.

When I was younger, this was really embarrassing for me. However, as I have grown older I’ve learned I have to be my own advocate for my allergies and it’s important for me to open my mouth to ensure that I am safe.

I plan to share more of this journey in hopes to help others in their struggles with food allergies.

~Christine~

P.S. I’m more than just my allergies. I’m also passionate about my husband, my doggy, Disney and reading and will probably post a little about them, too. Especially allergies at Disney parks.

 

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