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 Post subject: My Book
PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:17 pm 
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Hey Guys,
So just to let you know, I've done a test print run of my little food allergy 101 book and printing it is a tad more costly than I expected. Price will probably be $15 with $5 of every book going straight to Anaphylaxis Canada. I just want to know if there is a demand for it. It's all things we know already so it's directed for friends/family/coworkers, etc. who don't get it or don't know anything about serious food allergies. It's written in plain english instead of scientific jargon so they can easily understand it. I've called it "Walk a Mile in Our Shoes: What It's Really Like to Live with Life-Threatening Food Allergies". The chapters are: "The Beginning" (how my allergies started and what it's like to grow up with them when you're a kid); "Food Allergies Explained in Regular English"; "THe Myths and Misconceptions of Food Allergies"; "Why You Sometimes Need to Help-Public Policy in Schools, Airplanes, etc."; "What It's Really Like to Live with FOod Allergies"; "The End"; "The 11 Most Common Food Allergens in Canada (list)"

Keep in mind that dozens of books like this have been written. The idea behind mine is that it's concise so it is more likely that a stubborn or just uneducated family member/friend, etc. will pick up and read it. (It's 20 pages). My family has done a test read, it takes 30 min to read in one shot so not too much to ask from family.

Anyways, just wanting to test the waters and see if the interest is there. I will also be promoting it in some local businesses where I know people.

Lisa

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 Post subject: Re: My Book
PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:13 pm 
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It might be a good book for the teacher's lounge as well! :thumbsup

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 Post subject: Re: My Book
PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:42 pm 
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Thanks Susan, great idea!

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 Post subject: Re: My Book
PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:23 pm 
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Sounds like a good idea. Most beginning resources I found where mostly US content...and still other than this board. Having a reference book good for Canada would be great, something to pass along to Grandma and Grandpa's :thumbsup

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A 4 -Gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free. Also asthma, pulmonary stenosis, developmental delays, Noonan Syndrome, and environmental allergies.
T 7 - asthma and environmental allergies. And a wonderful big sister to her little brother


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 Post subject: Re: My Book
PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:12 am 
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Sounds great - I'd get a copy for the school and future babysitters, etc to read.

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 Post subject: Re: My Book
PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:58 am 
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It seems that I spend the first 4-5 months of each school year educating the teacher on several issues with multiple food allergies. I've been thinking that I should write a "manual" to be handed to the teacher at the beginning of the school year. I doubt that would go over well (from helicopter parent to dive bomber parent!).

Something such as this that has general consensus from those who are living with severe food allergies would be less threatening as it isn't just about me and my kid.

Many people are interested in a manual of concrete ideas for avoiding allergens. They don't seem to realize that there needs to be a shift in thinking. It isn't about building barriers around our children that a peanut can't get through. It's about embracing concepts such as:
Health is more important than happiness.
All items are made from ingredients (milk protein can be found in wax coatings on fruits and vegetables, envelope glue is derived from cornstarch.
Foods can be consumed to provide nutrition, entertainment, reward or as a substitute for love.
Hand santizers kill germs not proteins.
Using a dirty cloth to clean surfaces simply smears those allergens around.
Anything that is eaten, drunk, inhaled or absorbed through the skin/mucous membrane needs to be considered that means candy, drinks, licked envelopes, lotions etc.

Children need to feel that their needs (for safety) are more imprtant than someone elses idea of fun.

People need to know that we are approachable. I am happy to be a resource in coming up with ideas for safe lesson plans, activities, recipes etc.

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 Post subject: Re: My Book
PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:06 pm 
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Ok my book is officially done and up for sale. Here is a link to the Facebook page I created for it:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pag ... 657?ref=ts

It's $15 with $5 of each copy sold going to Anaphylaxis Canada.

To start, I'm taking orders through Facebook or here (PM me) and if things start to kick off I will sell it on eBay as well. I just want to test the waters first.

If you have any questions don't hesitate!

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 Post subject: Re: My Book
PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:37 pm 
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Lisa, I clicked on the link it says I have to be signed in to facebook to view it.

Check how your page is set up as there should be an option to make it viewable without signing in. Not everyone has an fb account.

I've been looking through my page, and I can't figure it out either.

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 Post subject: Re: My Book
PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:50 pm 
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Thanks AnnaMarie, I'll try to figure it out.

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 Post subject: Re: My Book
PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:11 pm 
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Pretty sure I got it. This is the new link:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/?id=13483 ... 3739879657

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 Post subject: Re: My Book
PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:18 pm 
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Yes that works. I'll update where I posted the previous link.

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 Post subject: Re: My Book
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:35 am 
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Great, thanks AnnaMarie!

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 Post subject: Re: My Book
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:51 pm 
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Great news! I opened up an eBay account so payments are now easier and safer for both parties. Just go to eBay.ca and do a search for my book if you are interested. It can also be found under the "health and fitness" section in nonfiction books.

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 Post subject: Re: My Book
PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:02 am 
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Amazing, Lisa! Congratulations!

Let's be in touch by PM. After running the support group for over seven years, I've recently begun an allergy coaching business, and would be happy to refer my clients to your book.


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