I write this first blog post a little hesitant, but moreover hopeful that my knowledge in growing up with severe food allergies can help anyone out there with food allergies of their own, or a loved one with food allergies.


I was born with a severe peanut allergy, into a family that had no idea what a food allergy even was. When I was a toddler, my mother gave me peanut butter on toast and freaked out when I broke out into hives. My poor parents, through some scary situations, discovered that peanuts sent me into anaphylactic shock. For those that do not know, anaphylactic shock is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction. Hives. Vomiting. Throat swelling. Blocked airways. Slowing heartbeat. It’s scary stuff. My anxiety is proof that living with a severe food allergy can be quite frightening. However, I am grateful for my protective parents that taught me how to manage my food allergies, and my husband who is willing to call restaurant after restaurant trying to find a safe place for me to eat. 

Along with my severe allergy to peanuts, I recently discovered that I am allergic to shellfish. Also because my allergy to peanuts is so severe, my allergists insist that I stay away from nuts altogether. And to top it off, when I was a senior in high school, I became severely lactose intolerant. No nuts. No shellfish. No dairy.

It’s limiting, and frustrating at times, but after living with this for twenty-four years, I feel that I am able to thrive with my allergies.

As I continue writing, I hope to share some of my favorite recipes that I have adapted to work with my food allergies, recommendations for allergy-safe places to eat, some personal stories, and anything else that I can share that could help others to thrive with their food allergies!

 

Caitlin has grown up in Los Angeles acquiring food allergies, a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, a loving husband, and an amazing job as a Children's Librarian. She enjoys spending time with family, trips to the beach with her husband, Sundays at church, and writing. Having food allergies is a struggle, but Caitlin hopes with more resources available, people can learn to thrive with food allergies.

2 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Congratulations on getting this started! Let me know when/how I can get the word out for this most useful blog!!!!

  2. So glad to see what a positive thing you have decided to do with a lifelong very challenging issue so very real that you have faced head on and decided to use in such a positive way to educate and help others understand how to rise above. You are my sweet little hero. Keep up the good work

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