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Gina Clowes

7 Tips to Help You Let Go of Food Allergy Fears & Anxiety

By Gina Clowes

It’s time to warm up to the idea of experiencing life with food allergies. My friend Melanie* was traumatized by her son Nick’s reaction to a peanut butter cookie at 18 months. Although the allergist never recommended it, they completely avoided activities like birthday parties, football games and visiting relatives. Melanie even hired a sitter when she went to the grocery store …

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Gwen Smith

Teen Food Allergy Tragedies: Why We Must Say – No More

By Gwen Smith

News that 17-year-old Morgan Crutchfield of Staley, North Carolina died of anaphylaxis on October 5, 2015, hit the food allergy community hard. This community was already reeling from the anaphylaxis deaths in September of Simon Katz, a Colorado high school student, and of Andrea Mariano, a Canadian teenager who suffered an ultimately fatal reaction on …

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Gina Clowes

Finding the Positive Side of Food Allergies

By Gina Clowes

They say when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Little did I know that my continuing education would happen at a local coffee shop with my new friend, Lisa*. We met at a seminar for parents of children with disabilities and instantly clicked. But this was the first opportunity I’d had to hear her family’s full story. As we …

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Gwen Smith

What’s in $24 Million? The Gift of Hope for Food Allergy

By Gwen Smith

Speechless! Awesome!!!! My family is so grateful to you – God bless your generous heart! THANK YOU Sean Parker. Amazing!!! Many blessings to you and your family!!! I love this man!! (Sample comments from Allergic Living’s Facebook page.) On December 17, 2014, the food allergy community used up its quota of exclamation marks to thank …

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Gina Clowes

Lesley U. Decision: A Victory for Allergy, Celiac Access

By Gina Clowes

A settlement quietly reached between Lesley University in Massachusetts and the Department of Justice in December 2012 was big news, with monumental implications. The agreement has laid the foundation for establishing the rights of Americans with food allergy and celiac disease. Here’s how the settlement came about. A number of students initiated a lawsuit against …

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