In July 2010, my family and I relocated from Illinois back to Michigan. I found a new pediatrician and after hearing my son’s background, she suggested that we schedule an appointment with an allergist to have him tested for a peanut allergy. On March 7, 2011 my husband and I took my son to the allergist for skin testing. The testing included indoor allergies, outdoor allergies, pet allergies and peanuts and tree nuts. The skin test was done on his back and almost immediately, it became big, bright and red. Around this time, I was also starting to learn a little more about the allergy and the sight of his back made me quite anxious and worried. During the testing process, I will never forget the look on my son’s face. He looked dazed, just not himself and very uncomfortable. I was still in denial about him being allergic and didn't want to believe that he was. However, the doctor confirmed that he was allergic to peanuts as well as tree nuts. The allergist was very kind and gave me a ton of information to take home. It was a bit overwhelming and very hard to digest. When the allergist gave me the EpiPen tester and video, this was a major eye opener to me and something I wasn't expecting. Once I wrapped my head around all of this and digested the information, I decided to embrace this allergy and educate myself and my family.
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A big thank you to Lisa and her courage to put this group together for other families as well as hers. After all, "it takes a village to raise a child" and that village starts one group at a time.