“Hey, have you talked to Charlyn about that?”
I’m Charlyn and this is currently the best picture I have ever taken of my son, Max.
Max is my youngest kiddo and when he was born, we knew immediately knew something wasn’t adding up because he was so very itchy. He could barely sleep because he would scratch himself awake. A few months and doctor’s visits later, he was diagnosed with eczema and that was very first step of our Atopic March – Eczema, food allergies, hay fever, and asthma (or reactive airway disease if you are under 5).
Over the past few years, I have worked really hard to help Max navigate and thrive with his allergies. We have learned so much, and I wanted to be able to share our experiences and lessons with other parents and caregivers who are also on the same road.
I’m not just an allergy mom.
Before I became a stay at home mom and blogger, I received my Master’s Degree in Health Behavior and Health Education. I have worked at health departments, specifically dealing with asthma and tobacco use prevention and cessation.
Now, I’m that mom friend folks call on to ask about their pressing allergy questions – “How did you introduce peanuts to your kid?”, “How can I make a birthday cake without eggs, milk, and wheat?”, and “What do I do now?”
We all need a place to start.
I wanted to create a chill space for other parents to learn, commiserate, share ideas, recipes, and successes in raising kids with allergies. That first diagnosis can be overwhelming. It can feel a little lonely when marching along with allergies. It’s nice to have an allergy mom friend who gets it.