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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Bye-Bye 2012! Day 26,27,28

It's a new year, new opportunities and new adventures. 2012 was a great year for us. Here's our recap:

We made it through the whole year with NO life threatening anaphylactic reactions! That is an amazing accomplishment when you figure Sophia's allergic numbers are in the top 2% in the country, and milk is everywhere. Sophia has become very aware of her allergy, and how everybody has differences and that's hers. She saw that there are plenty of ways to spend our time that are fun AND safe for her, and she made some new friends who could see that too. She watched her baby sister grow into a walking little toddler (and playmate) with a BIG personality. We had an opportunity to fly our whole family to NYC to see the top Allergist in the country (some say in the world)! There's a feeling of confidence that comes with knowing Sophia is HIS patient and under HIS radar. Our home became a completely milk-free environment for her safety and our friends and family helped to keep it that way! We grew into a routine that prepares us for outings to help keep Sophia safe. We learned a lot and lent our voices to spread the word on food allergy awareness. The highlight of our year, living with a life threatening food allergy, was when Sophia's food allergy story made it into thousands and thousands of homes when she graced the cover of the Health section of Florida Today. She has a lot of obstacles in front of her, but at age 3 she is already a strong character with a beautiful heart. She's developed a sense of compassion for everyone. She's taught me what unconditional love is and I am so blessed to be on this journey with her. I would say that 2012 was a year we'll never forget. We can't wait to see what 2013 brings.