Hey! Welcome to Peanut Allergy Mom. I’m Becky – I’m a wife, mom to a teenage boy and a 4-year-old dog named Porter, and a lifestyle blogger who strives to make daily life fun and adventurous for my family.
(Check out my other blog, Savvy Dog Mom, where I write about Porter and provide cool tips about life with dogs).
If you’re ready to dive into reading about managing life with peanut allergies, start here.
My journalism background, combined with my coaching/mentoring experience, sense of humor and don’t-sweat-the-small-stuff approach to motherhood gives me a unique perspective on parenting a kid with nut allergies.
I also have one huge challenge that added to my worry in the early years – I’m deaf/hard-of-hearing. Today, I credit my life-long hearing loss and Matthew’s nut allergy to equipping my son with a sense of empathy and leadership that can’t be taught.
But it wasn’t always easy. Imagine trying to communicate the most crucial bit of information about your child’s health and possibly missing a key message.
Today, I often rely on Matthew to communicate, coordinate and educate those around him!
Peanut Allergy Mom
On Peanut Allergy Mom, you will find stories from my parenting journey. Sometimes I’ll make you laugh (like when we travel and I share our funny misadventures), and sometimes I’ll make you cry (like the time I wrote about discovering the truth about Santa Claus).
And in every story, recipe, blog post, I will try to share practical tips, cool resources and tons of knowledge that you can use in your life. In plain English.
I started Peanut Allergy Mom so I could help worried people with nut allergies – and their friends and families – to engage in the world safely and happily.
I say worried because at one time, that was me. The Queen of Worry and the Master of Stress.
After Matthew was diagnosed with peanut allergies in 2004, I was a nervous wreck. We didn’t know anyone who lived with a peanut allergy child; there were no local groups to connect with and no online resources to turn to for more information. Food Allergy Research & Education didn’t even exist then.
We were ALONE.
I had tons of questions and very few answers. Even worse, I had zero confidence I could raise a smart, compassionate and healthy kid. So I just googled – and cried – my way through everything the first few years.
That was the long, difficult way of learning. And not a whole lot of fun.
I realized early on – somewhere on isle 17 at 11PM the night before Matthew’s 3rd birthday while shopping for a nut-free cake – that no matter how stressed out I got or how worried this whole nut allergy thing made me – how I responded from here on out would influence the kind of person Matthew grew up to be.
Matthew would only know what I taught him – so as long as I was proactive and positive about his nut allergies and food intolerances – then he would be too. That was a game changer for me. I knew I wanted him to be smart, but not fearful; aware but not stressed; cautious but not dramatic.
It’s challenging enough raising kids today without having to think about always having epinephrine pens on hand, making sure we don’t buy food that’s processed on equipment with nuts and knowing how to identify and treat anaphylaxis.
And if that wasn’t enough, it’s our job to educate teachers and school officials about our kid’s nut allergies in the classroom and guide our kids to forge healthy community connections without being a social outcast for having food allergies.
Matthew is half-way through 11th grade now and I’ve learned a lot over the years. It has not always been an easy journey.
But we are not alone anymore. I promise.
Peanut Allergy Mom is the fun, informative how-to guide I wish I had back when we started this journey. I hope it’s as helpful to you as it has been to others.
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