It's hard to believe that I have been living with food allergies for nearly 3 years without ever attending a support group. I think starting this blog was a little way for me to start my own.
After Tyler had his reaction on June 30, I began looking for any support groups in my area so I could connect with other parents. Even though food allergies are in our family and I'm not completely alone in this journey, I knew I needed as much support as I could get.
After a summer hiatus and a canceled meeting, the group in my area met last night. There were seven of us. It was so wonderful to talk with other moms and even a dad who live with the fears I do everyday. We talked about everything from cross contaminations issues to eczema that many of us dealt with before we knew our children had food allergies.
I'm normally the kind of person who doesn't like to go to things where I don't know anybody. The two people I know that usually attend were not able to go. Still, I knew there was a common bond that would unite all of us that would make any shyness I might feel disappear. I was right. It was almost as if I had known these people for years.
I can't tell you how refreshing it was to be in a room of people that all carry Epi Pen's everywhere and are as paranoid about food away from home as I am.
Do you attend a support group? If not, visit this link to find one in your area. Even if you have to drive a little bit, I think the feeling of community you will gain in your food allergy journey will make it worth, even with the price of gas these days!