Mother's Day is upon us, and I just wanted to take a moment to tell all of you food allergy moms how much I love you! We're all on this journey, together, even if we live thousands of miles apart. We don't always agree on every topic, but we can all agree that we are operating from the same desire to keep our children happy, safe and included. I often feel so conflicted...I feel bad that there are so many of us in the same boat, yet grateful that there are others out there who understand what it's like to row these oars every day, trying to keep the boat afloat!
Even though this post is about "food allergy moms", I have a heart full of love for all mothers, and parents in all kinds of situations, raising children with autism, sensory processing disorders, diabetes, ADHD, asthma, celiac disease, mitochondrial diseases, autoimmune disorders, neuromuscular conditions, etc. Maybe you're still on the road to diagnosis, and don't even know what you're dealing with, yet. Even if you have perfectly healthy children, you've crossed over into the land where, as Elizabeth Stone put it, your "heart[s] go walking around outside your body."
I can't deny, though, that there's a certain affinity that comes with talking to another mother who really understands what it's like to have a child with a life-threatening food allergy. We don't have to explain our particular brand of crazy to them - they understand, with a knowing smile and nod. We're part of the same beautiful, yet occasionally dysfunctional family. ;)
With Food Allergy Awareness Week being kicked off by Mother's Day, I made this for you all, if you'd like to use it on your social media sites. Why? Well, because I love someone who loves someone with food allergies. :)