First, I would like to start this just like I did for the previous Mylan Blogger Summit- with a picture of the Empire State Building from the rooftop of The Strand Hotel on a balmy summer night. (Can you already feel the energy in the air?!) This trip was just as exciting but it was still full of mystery for me. I felt as if I was going to visit my extended family but I was unsure who would be there. I was nervous and excited but I knew this would provide so much information and I was ready for it.
I would also like to say that I am a big believer in the saying "Everything happens for a reason". I will say that I don't like to fly so when my flight was delayed due to weather conditions, I was silently panicking and arguing with myself in my head. Ok, so it will be fine but maybe I shouldn't go so maybe the flight will be canceled. No, wait, I HAVE to go- it's important. But my kids- what will happen if I crash?! Look at all of these people, are they thinking the same thing??
Just then, a woman started talking to me. She was a doctor form New Jersey (my home state). We caught a quick bite and it was comforting to me to relate on so many topics. I have to say thanks Dr. Patty (I am waving but you can't see me). Oh, wait, here she is ----->
After a small snafu in unexpected flight departures, I got to dinner a little ruffled but this disappeared as the end of the table shouted "Tracy's here!" I was home. So I pulled up a chair next to George Dahlman of FARE (poor George, he had to put up with my loud, Jersey babbling), was spoiled with a delicious dinner and I had great conversations for the rest of the night with my fellow food allergy bloggers.
|Judy & Lynda|
|Tonya, Liana & George|
|Dr. Ruchi Gupta|
The other big topic was advocating for your child. Not only in school but with friends and family as well. Food allergies have some really interesting effects on other people in the families as well, not just the person who has the allergies. Did you know that 28% of families with food allergies have a strained marriage? There is often a primary caregiver in each family and unless this is shared and fully understood by both parents, the repetition of not working together as a family can cause friction. Be kind to each other, believe in each other and work together to keep everyone safe and happy. Caregivers often reported hostility from others as well as feeling socially limited because of food allergies. Learn to speak up and share. Many may never fully understand but giving them some insight of what you and your family are going through may be what helps them become a part of your family rather than exclude it. Many people fear the unknown so make it known.
|Kelly, Cybele & Jenny|
|Lisa, Keeley & Lindsey|
|All of Us|
The list of food allergy bloggers (besides me) included Caroline Moassessi (Gratefulfoodie), Cybele Pascal (CybelePascal.com), Elizabeth DiBurro (Easy Breezy Life), Heidi Bayer (Brooklyn Allergy Mom), Jenny Sprague (Multiple Food Allergy Help), Joanne LaSpine (Food Allergy Assistant), Keeley McGuire (Keeley McGuire), Kelly Rudnicki (Food Allergy Mama), Libby Ilson (The Allergic Kid), Lindsey Steffensen (Frugal Food Allergies), Lisa Rutter (No Nuts Mom Group), Ruth LovettSmith (Best Allergy Sites) and Sloane Miller (Allergic Girl).
I disclose in any communication made by me about EpiPen (epinephrine) Auto-Injector and/or the Mylan Specialty Blogger SUmmit that such communication is at my own discretion and based on my own opinion. I also disclose that my travel expenses were compensated by Mylan Specialty in exchange for evaluation and feedback on information presented during the meeting.