I’m Stephanie and I’m on a mission to help as many peanut-allergic families as possible. Because food allergies stink. Except when they rock, which is all the time if you’re a Kyle Dine fan. (And if you have a food-allergic child, I highly recommend being Kyle Dine fan.) But I digress.
We found out my son has a life-threatening peanut allergy when he was two years old and his not-so-smart mom (that would be me) decided to give him peanut butter for the first time on Christmas Day. When the doctor’s office is closed. And it takes a while for the on-call nurse to call you back. And the nurse doesn’t seem to know that a swollen tongue and lips is indicative of anaphylaxis and warrants an immediate 911 call. (This was back in 2008 when, although food allergies were on the rise, information about them wasn’t as prolific as it is today. At least I hope things have improved.)
We did end up taking my son to the ER and he came out of the experience fine, but afterward, besides being handed an EpiPen prescription, I was given no information about how to manage my son’s life-threatening condition. I wrote the first edition of the e-book because I wanted to help other families so nobody would feel as lost as I did back in 2008.
Today, there is a massive amount of information, and misinformation, on the internet. Whereas I was overwhelmed by the lack of information in 2008, I can understand why someone with a new diagnosis would be overwhelmed by the volume of information today. I’ve updated the book twice as more information and research have become available, and now the e-book “boils down” all the data and information into a compact, easy-to-use handbook of sorts. With the release of the third edition of the book, I also added a free email course and a paid online video course since some people prefer to learn by viewing and hearing a presentation.
Feel free to email me feedback, blog topic suggestions, ideas, or non-medical questions: shgatewood [at] gmail [dot] com.
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