What’s so funny about anaphylaxis?
Food allergies are serious business. Often they start out mild, and can either continue with barely noticeable symptoms, or suddenly increase to life-threatening. I plan to use a medical problem in each of my novels. I had not thought of allergies until reading this. I want something really unusual…hmm.
Growing up in a food allergy family, I lived in a world where people barely knew what a food allergy was, let alone that it could be life-threatening. It wasn’t always easy to explain to my friends that they couldn’t bring candy or snacks with peanuts or tree nuts over to my house, but this rule was always met with curiosity and compliance – not eye-rolling or jokes.
Today, as someone whose work is dedicated to increasing awareness of food allergy as a serious, potentially life-threatening and growing public health issue, I know there is still much work to be done, but I am heartened by the significant progress that’s been made in ensuring people with food allergies are safe and included. From advances in research and improved laws and regulations at the federal and state…
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