Adult Allergies

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Why Rust Grew on My Allergy Skills

My pandemic bubble was also a “food allergy bubble.” On the ski trip, I learned I was painfully out of practice with ordering safe food.

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Not Sorry for My Allergies

In my culture, apologizing is as much a part of life as having a cup of tea. How I learned to stop saying ‘sorry’ for my food allergies.

My Food Challenge Success

If you could get one allergen back in your diet, what would it be? For me, the answer was always “avocado”. And miraculously, it happened.

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Can't Take Me Anywhere

My plan for the engagement dinner was to casually whip out my own safe food. It seemed a good idea, until the cutlery caper began.

I Had COVID-19 With Asthma

Within 3 days, the virus took hold, with fever and difficulty breathing. As someone with asthma, the specter of hospitalization hung over each hour.

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How Not to Date with Food Allergies

My dating life got off to a truly awkward start due to food allergies. Fortunately, allergies didn’t phase my future husband.

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Restaurants: Get Serious!

Here’s my radical notion: it’s time for the restaurant industry to take greater ownership of keeping diners with food allergies safe.

Dairy Allergy Rocked My World

The milk allergy diagnosis as an adult was a shocker. At first I felt desperate, but then I got busy working on my “new normal”.

Matt Barber in New Jersey.

Not All Ambulances Have Epi

Not all ambulances have epinephrine and not all first responders can use it, as this writer learned the hard way.

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Confession: I Was Foolish

I had become dangerously relaxed about my food allergies. Then one night forever changed my foolish attitude.