The Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative (CAI) is a network of Canadian families who are devoted to raising awareness of anaphylaxis, a severe and life threatening condition, with our federal government. Continue reading
April 7th is the start of World Allergy Week for 2014. This annual initiative was created by the World Allergy Organization (WAO) along with it’s members to bring about more awareness of allergic disease and related disorders. The goal behind World Allergy Week is to get people talking about allergies, recognize they are a real disease and get better training programs in place. The training that is needed goes beyond just learning how to inject an Epi Pen. Society as a whole needs to see that allergic disease is on the rise and should be treated almost like a social disease, meaning it can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
March 31st, 2014 is the first annual Love Remembers Day – Celebration of Lives Lost to Anaphylaxis. This day is being dedicated to the memory of those in the food allergy community who have died from Anaphylaxis. Continue reading
Right off the bat that title just shrieks of bad parenting. Who would want their child to fail any test at all, let alone one that could erase a life threatening food allergy from their child’s life? Well, me in this case..
Rashmi’s Bakery is one of those finds that you hope you will never, ever have to give up. This might be a strange way to think of a bakery when there are hundreds of them around, but Rashmi’s Bakery is not like every other bakery out there. I discovered Rashmi’s last year when I was searching for a local place to obtain baked goods from for my food allergic son William. As many people will tell you I am not a great asset in the kitchen so whipping up treats at the last minute doesn’t happen. With the list of birthday parties that William was being invited to growing by the day I wanted to find a place to shop that had ready made cupcakes that were safe for him to eat. Rashmi’s Bakery to the rescue!
Valentine’s Day is such a special day for pretty much everyone. You don’t have to be married or dating someone to celebrate it because love knows no boundaries. We celebrate the love we have for our parents, our children, our families and friends. It’s just that simple.
So what could I possibly have against a children’s movie that would cause me to need to vent? Peanuts, that’s what. I grew up watching those little blue people sing their “La La” song and have never had a problem with it. I thought the fact that a movie was being done about it was kind of silly, but then I saw the first one with my kids and thought, “not so bad.” I really like the cast, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Hank Azaria (love him in Birdcage ) and the voice over cast as well. Katy Perry was a perfect choice for Smurfette. But then they released number 2.
Last year I attended my first ever Anaphylaxis Canada Community Conference in Toronto, Ontario and wow, what an eye opener it was. My son, four soon to be five year old William, has Food Allergies and was diagnosed at the age of 8 months. Ever since then my husband and I have been trying to figure out the best and safest way possible to feed William. For the first two years that meant no dairy, eggs, peanuts or tree nuts. William has thankfully outgrown the dairy allergy and I pray he will outgrow the rest to. In trying to find the right path for our son and our family to take we have devoured books, checked out websites and reached out to other Food Allergy families for support and guidance. We have a wonderful doctor who is great with William, but I always seem to come up with a question after I have left his office. Attending the Anaphylaxis Canada Community Conference last year was a blessing. You can read a bit about our experience in this post, if you’d like.