Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Give It Up

Is there much in life better than being able to pick flowers freely? I think not.

The school my children attend is nut free, and I've heard heart wrenching stories from parents at our school whose children have life threatening food allergies. This week Food Allergy Initiative is asking people to give up a favorite food. The event is intended to be a show of solidarity with the millions who have food allergies, and the hope is to raise awareness about the need to find a cure for food allergies. Please take a moment to try and imagine living with a life threatening food allergy.

I wish you a healthy and happy Tuesday!

15 comments:

Frau said...

I can't imagine having a child with such an life threatening allergy..my heart aches for them...but my life without Peanut Butter. I don't know if I could do it. Love your pictures.

Purple Flowers said...

The photos of your little guy are simply wonderful.

Theresa said...

What a sweetie. I have friends who treat allergies and have been successful, even with very severe ones. Let me know if you want more info. Come show Cal and Abbott what Shawn did on drums (my blog post)...

Kwana said...

Happy Tuesday and thanks so much for the thought.

Jessica said...

Allergies, especially food ones are scary! We have a few in our family. As always, your photos are lovely!

Cate said...

many kids in my classes have food allergies, so we are always aware of what we make. it expands our horizons a lot, actually, when you cannot cook with the things that you might usually just throw into something. what did you give up, lecia?

Ina in Alaska said...

Lovely pictures! xoxo

Carrie Ann Nash said...

As a person who has had severe food allergies all of my life - THANKS for the thoughts to raise awareness. It is definitely better to be a kid in 2010 with allergies than it was back in the sixties! More awareness, more sympathy and more alternatives! Have a good day, Lecia!

KPiep said...

I have a friend who cured her daughter of seizures through very, very strict control of her diet when they realized that she had severe food allergies (dairy, soy, eggs, and wheat were just a few of the items she tested positive for.) They had a horrendous couple of years, but Stella has now been seizure free for two years and she's now able to eat some of the foods that were off-limits. There is always hope!

jenny said...

Lovely set of pictures and a great topic!

Lyndsay said...

Beautiful photos!

My brother is deathly allergic to peanuts. Other similar nuts and legumes make him feel "funny." And while he's not bothered that he is "missing out" by not eating peanut butter (that doesn't even occur to him, even though we admittedly tease him that Reeses PB cups are the best thing on earth), he IS bothered by other inconveniences:
• He can't fly Southwest Airlines because of the peanut dust and remnants in the air and on the seats.
• The carelessness at restaurants when you tell them you have such an allergy.
• The fact that he has to read every single label on processed foods/snacks.
• The fact that he has to carry an Epi pen at all times. And that Epi pen is only an adrenaline shot that buys him about 4 minutes to get to a hospital.

But he HAS become quite the gourmet chef, since it's best for him to cook his own meals! I still am used to the rule "knife in the jelly BEFORE knife in the peanut butter." :)

Valerie said...

sweet serie of photos !

i can very well imagine it even though my gluten intolerance is not life-threatening. it is an day to day handicap here in france.
i'm not sure whether there are more food allergy cases reported than in the past, but i think so and this is something to worry about.

Angie Muresan said...

Every school that I know in our town is nut free as it seems that nut allergies affect children in every class.

Jane Anne said...

I happened upon your blog after doing a Food Allergy Awareness Week search. My son has a severe peanut allergy. Thank you for this post and for encouraging others to be aware.
You have a wonderful blog with beautiful pictures.

Francesca said...

I grew up with the terror of food allergies in our house. My younger sister has a life threatening allergy for rice, which is very difficult to handle as rice flour is one of those ingredients that is everywhere. She was in a coma three times, and she always carries with her ready to inject adrenaline which she has to go and buy in Switzerland. My elder boy suffers from pollen allergies, which he seems to be growing out of. We're hopeful.