Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Peanut Allergy: Doing Your Homework

Are you familiar with FAAN?

If you aren't, you should be.

FAAN is the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.  In a nutshell (bah!):

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) was established in 1991. Anne Muñoz-Furlong founded the organization after her daughter was diagnosed with milk and egg allergy as an infant. She discovered that information vital to raising a child with food allergies was not widely available.

When B was diagnosed, her Allergist gave me a slip of paper with his direct line (I know!) and their URL: www.foodallergy.org.  I walked out of the office overwhelmed, but armed with two amazing gifts.  Boy, am I glad I have both of those things.  Our allergist is an angel and I can't count the number of times I've gone to the FAAN site for help.

FAAN also holds conferences.  I'll be at the June 11th event in Anaheim.  It will be a chance to bond with other Food Allergy families, learn more about handling allergies day to day (as a parent or as an adult/teen dealing with allergies) and keeping up to date on the latest research.  I cannot wait! 

B will have just gotten out of school, so she's going to join me along with my husband.  When I mentioned there was an allergy conference happening she insisted that she wanted to go.  Unfortunately there isn't a kid's track, but I'm hoping she can at least come down and see a little of the action at the conference before I go in to sessions.

I told her it was in Anaheim.  She has NO IDEA what that means, specifically that a guy named Mickey Mouse lives nearby. 

She's gonna freak her freak. I love surprising that kid!!

If you're attending, please let me know so we can meet!  If there's enough of us, maybe I can set up a little meet and greet - it would be so awesome to put faces to the names that comment here :)


John said...

My wife, Julie, is most likely going. She is at julie@allergyfreetable.com

Molly said...

I'm considering going. We'll be in that area around the same time. I e-mailed you about Lego-land. :)

Gab said...

@John - I'll email your wife so we can connect!

@Molly - definitely let me know if you go, I'd love to meet you!

Alison St. Sure said...

I would like to go... have to figure out if I can!