Having suffered eczema and hive reactions all my life I knew a little bit about allergies. After my daughter was diagnosed with multiple food allergies at 10 months and then Cold Urticaria (essentially meaning "cold hives") I started to learn a lot more. Medication, EpiPens, doubts, concerns, anger - they all hit pretty hard.
Luckily for me, my nose-dive into despair at every meal and snack time was tempered by some fantastic ladies from my childrens playgroup. Since then I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by a great group of people I can talk to about the issues and frustrations around allergies. The surprise came from the number of those people that were experiencing similar allergies and feelings of guilt. Many of our friends have also learnt about the allergies and have no problem with the understandably challenging invite - "come to our place for dinner".
About My Allergy Aid
What I did find though was that an online non-medical support community was missing and, after simply dealing with it for several years, I decided it was time to create one. Specific sites regarding anaphylaxis were useful, and scary, but did not help me personally to deal with the feeling of helplessness that I often feel when my child is vomiting violently for hours or immensely uncomfortable from hives.
I hope that this site will grow and provide people with valuable information that will help keep their friends, families and general community safe while also becoming the 'go-to' online forum for questions, answers and support from like-minded individuals.
Any feedback, suggestions or requests should be directed via e-mail.