This past month has been busy! Our organization, Food Allergy Resources & Mentoring (FARM),had its 2015 5K themed "Nature vs. Nurture". After months of advocating for food allergies and the need for community awareness, then getting sponsorships from local businesses, the 5K happened! This year's was so amazing because the community really embraced our cause, and I really felt progress in our mission being made. The event was truly an experience from start to finish.
adjustment and reality of the role of "food allergy mom", because it's hard and it's needed. I didn't find that resource myself and so I know personally that there's a real need. There really aren't a lot of resources and we need to count on each other. Trust is the hardest part of this role. Sometimes trusting others can only come when you can see how human and flawed they really are.
Something that most people don't know about me is that after I became a mom and subsequently a "food allergy mom", I had a REALLY difficult time. I had major complications after my first-born's birth. I developed a serious scarring syndrome and eventually developed painful lysis of adhesions. I had a very late miscarriage, which is something I never talk about because I can't bring my mind to that place for more than a few minutes. When I lost the baby I took it so hard, I was devastated beyond words. During this same time-frame, I was learning how serious my daughters food allergy was. We became excluded and isolated from family when we needed them the most.