Navigating our new journey. She stood in the storm and when they wind did not blow her way , she adjusted the sails

Welcome and thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I am so grateful for all of your support with Allergy Stars. It means so much to know we are not alone on this new journey. Our allergy journey began almost three years ago on a spring day which had been filled with laughter and sunshine and playing in the garden. That evening I prepared dinner for the family. Little did I know this one dinner would reveal a life changing allergy and ultimately change and impact our lives so hugely. I’m not quite ready to go over that evening again just yet but I will, one day. A carefree attitude to food disappeared and in its place came anxiety, guilt, sadness and anger. It’s only in the last year I’ve tried to use these feelings into doing something productive and positive. Last summer I began fundraising for Allergy UK and ran the Great North Run to raise funds for this fantastic charity. From this came Allergy Stars; I wasn’t really sure of what I wanted to create other than a space for parents in similar situations to know they are not alone. From this the sharing of the star began and our beautiful, brave children share their allergies and stories. This is what motivates me to raise awareness as until that eventful night three years ago I’ll admit I didn’t know much about food allergies and the risks of cross contamination. Three years on at times I feel like I’m navigating a stormy sea as we have entered the world of schooling , birthday parties and more independence. But as a family we have become stronger. My daughter is my inspiration she is amazing with how she deals with her allergies and has adapted so well. I wish I had some of her strength. I’m not ashamed to say I recently reached a pit of anxiety and recognised I needed some help to come to terms with everything and to give my daughter the independence and freedom she deserves . CBT and counselling have helped me hugely and I am thankful for that. I want other parents and carers to know they are not alone it will get easier and you can navigate these new , stormy seas. We can stand in the storm and adjust our sails.

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