Living with Multiple Food Allergies, Atopic Dermatitis and Asthma: What Could I Be Thankful For?

pumpkins, leaves and corn for a fall setting

One may ponder the question, living with multiple food allergies, atopic dermatits and asthma: what could I be thankful for? Over the years, I have asked myself this very question. (that is when I have had the chance to catch my breath to reflect on my life!)

As I sit here in a moment of reflection, I shall share my thoughts………

I am thankful for my health…for without it I would be rendered utterly useless. Experience has taught me to keep my health close to the top of the list of things to do.

I am thankful for my boys…I have always told them that having children was the best decision I have every made. Reinforcing how special they are to me, how much they have enriched my life…I am truly thankful.

I am thankful for my family… as difficult as it has been, it has been even harder for family members to step into ‘our world’.  The world around us is constantly changing. So too must ideas, traditions and routines. Wrapping ones head around them takes time and patience. Despite times of awkward tension, the bond of love between our families has  stayed strong. For that, I am thankful.

I am thankful for my friends…my anchor, my safety net, my reality check point, my support network, my cheerleaders, and my escape destination. Since childhood, two of my bestest friends are still apart of my life. They have journeyed with me through the good and the bad. How lucky am I?

I am thankful for my husband…my partner. His easy go lucky sense of life calms my overcontrolling nature. A definite case of opposites attracting!

I am thankful for all the doctor’s and specialists… my boys’ pediatrician from the start: his patience with my need for answers and the paths I took to find them. Michael’s  dermatologist: for introducing light therapy, clearing his skin and proving that he could outgrow his eczema. My boys’ allergist:  for reassuring me that the methods I use to keep my boys’ safe are ‘normal’.

I am thankful for my boys’ teachers…as food allergy awareness grows so does it’s acceptance.(there have been many changes from when Michael first started in JK) I am thankful for the opportunities my boys’ schools’ have given me to broaden food allergy awareness.

I am thankful for the students and friends of my boys’…I truly believe raising Michael’s classmates’ awareness of food allergies, back in SK, ‘normalized’ his situation. The students seemed to embrace Michael and their compassion made way for acceptance. I owe it all to the innocence of a child’s concern for Michael. She spied a book about a boy with food allergies at the dollar store and insisted her mother buy it so that the teacher could read it in class. The mother contacted me. I read the book to Michael, prepped him for questions and sent the book to school for the teacher to read. When the teacher finished reading the book to the class, she moved on to the next lesson. I am so proud to say, that Michael raised his hand and said, “My mom said you would have some questions for me.” I believe that was the moment  the door opened and his friends welcomed the opportunity to step into his world and they have never looked back since.

It is easy to think the grass is greener on the other side…..I admit, I have been led astray with these thoughts.

Treasure that which you have.

To all that have touched our lives or been touched by reading our stories, know in my heart, I am truly thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sit back and think about it……………what are you truly thankful for? Please share in my comments.


4 thoughts on “Living with Multiple Food Allergies, Atopic Dermatitis and Asthma: What Could I Be Thankful For?

  1. As one of the friends mentioned in Susan’s note, I want to say how thankful I am for Susan being such an inspiration to me and my family. She is a loving, dedicated, resourceful and fun loving mother, wife and friend.


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