My name is Melody. My son, Noah, has both anaphylaxis-mediated allergies and eosinophilia esophagitis (EoE).
Noah is “labeled” all the time. Despite all of it, everyone always says, “But he’s so happy!” They don’t believe that he can have allergies AND be happy.
Labeling even happens to me. When people hear about Noah, they automatically give me insinuating looks or even say, “So you’re one of those moms. An allergy mom.” It’s such a struggle to explain that I’m me, a mom, just like many of you!
Labeling is a real problem. I feel I do more to compensate and try to protect my son from it than I should. I don’t want him to be “that kid”, or for me to be “that mom.” I used to silence myself from sharing Noah’s allergies, but decided to start spreading awareness when we signed up to participate in the Food Allergy Walk by making a video about Noah.
More awareness leads to more funding. More funding means more support to prioritize food allergies as a major health problem. My hope is that we can create a brighter future for all those, not just Noah, who have food allergies and that Noah continues to be our “happy kid” who makes the best out of his life.
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