In May 2001, CBC Radio aired a first-person radio documentary about living with food allergies. It was called “A Nutty Tale,” and featured Sabrina Shannon, a vivacious girl who captured listeners’ hearts. Two years later, Sabrina tragically died from an anaphylactic reaction at her high school. But her legacy – and her voice – live… Read more »
One young girl’s tragic, likely preventable death from anaphylaxis has become the catalyst for change in Ontario. Sabrina’s Law now requires anaphylaxis safety plans in schools across the province.
A life with OAS means only cooked or baked fruit. Crisp, raw fruit, how I miss you. CRADLING a fresh, succulent peach in my hands, I take in its tantalizing aroma. I rub the fuzz lightly on my lips before taking a big, juice-dripping bite. Delicious. I swallow, and the tingling begins. First on my… Read more »
The shocking deaths of two teens provide clues to what goes wrong in fatal food allergy reactions. WHEN news surfaced that 15-year-old Christina Desforges of Saguenay, Quebec, had died of what appeared to be an anaphylactic reaction to a kiss from a boyfriend who had eaten a peanut butter sandwich, the story traveled from Canada… Read more »
Three sets of parents who cope well with allergies reveal their family secrets to “managing” allergies.
It’s a source of extreme frustration when family members don’t grasp the seriousness of food allergies.
From blogs to the press to esteemed medical journals, those who support anaphylaxis policies in schools are being branded as “hysterical” or “fearful” or even needing to “feel special”. Exceptional anxiety is portrayed as the rule. AL bites into: why critics love to hate food allergy.
From the Allergic Living Archives. As a magazine writer, Chris Koentges eats, drinks and travels for a living. The Calgary resident has what most people would consider a dream assignment: he samples delicious foods in fabulous resorts and exotic locales. Then he finds the right words to describe to his readers what he eats and… Read more »