My name is Katie. I work full time. I am mommy to the most wonderful, loving, funny, kind-spirited, mischievous, gorgeous, intelligent little monkey God ever created. He truly is my sunshine.
I never really knew very much about food allergies, or allergies in general, until my little guy was diagnosed. We have good days and bad days. Every day is full of anxiety and unknowns, but each day is also filled with hope, laughter, and love.
Since my lovebug was diagnosed with dairy, egg, and peanut allergies in 2012, my whole life has been flipped upside down. Before I could grab something out of the freezer and pop it in the microwave for dinner. Now, each meal is thoroughly thought out in order to avoid all allergens. This is not easy to do with a picky pre-schooler.
My mission with this blog is to help others. When the little monkey was first diagnosed, I am pretty sure I stayed up for 72 hours straight reading every blog, web entry, medical journal article, and searching for any recipe I could find. I have to say, my legal research skills from college were really put to use when trying to weed out what was credible and what was mere opinion. I hope that when you read this blog, your eyes and hearts are opened to those who struggle every day to find meals that are safe for them and that don't send them to the ER. I hope you find a new respect for all of those parents out there who struggle financially to meet the costs of raising a child with food allergies, and struggle with being judged by other parents who think they are "over-reacting" to the food allergy epidemic. I hope you realize that children who deal with these life-threatening allergies on a daily basis are no different than any other kid when it comes to deserving to be treated equally and making sure that basic health needs are met. I hope that together, we can make the world a safer place for everyone.