Thoughts on Food Allergy Awareness
This week (May 12-18) is Food Allergy Awareness Week. So I’ve been thinking about how we have benefitted from increased awareness, and what hopes we have for the future.
I don’t think I have ever had anybody doubt me when I talk about Joseph’s allergies. Or at least if they did, they kept it inside. I hear all these stories about friends and family not understanding, so I am grateful to be blessed to be around people who are aware that food allergies are a real thing that need to be taken seriously.
I have learned that I can’t, and shouldn’t, expect people to cater to Joseph’s allergies, though. If we are at an event where they are serving food for regular people, it is just an extra hassle to expect them to either cut wheat and dairy from everybody, or to provide Joseph his own special thing. So we just make sure we always have snacks to him. And if people do provide for him, then we are grateful.
Due to the increase in awareness, Joseph was born just as all these companies started to create foods to cater to people like him, for which I am forever grateful. It’s made my job easier as a parent to not only provide enough food for him, but make that food look like what the rest of us eat. And in many cases, we’ve been willing to eat it with him.
I am afraid for school. No matter how many assemblies there are, I find it hard to believe that bullying will be completely stomped out. However, I do hope that with Joseph’s friendly personality, he’ll be able to make several friends who will look out for him and defend him.
What are your thoughts?