As I start this blog, my daughter Autumn is 6. She’s had life-threatening food allergies her whole life – dairy, eggs and tree nuts. We’ve been able to protect her, watch over her and keep her safe. We make her food for every meal. She’s never eaten food from a restaurant, party or family outing. Everything she eats, we research or make ourselves. So that’s where we get the name of this blog – Autumn carries a lunch box wherever we go.
As she entered kindergarten this past year (photo is from her first day), we started a whole new phase of worry. Will all of our coaching her to deny requests to share food pay off? How will her new friends, teachers and other parents respond to our pleas not to feed her anything? Will she succumb to sugary delights in an attempt to make new friends? These are the questions that linger in our minds everyday, but despite those fears we leave her each day with a kiss and an Epi-pen in the office and hope for the best. There’s been some close calls and lessons learned, but for the most part – so far so good!
I started this blog as a way to share our story, recipes, lunch and snack ideas, and other things we do as a family to support Autumn. We hope you will join us on this journey as we learn, live and hopefully grow out of these food allergies.
Until next time, Lisa