Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ode to an EpiPen

A poetic look at how an EpiPen can change your life...


Ode to an EpiPen
How can I explain
The uncertainty, the fear and the pain
This could be my last breathe before I die
You could save me, you could be the one to make me feel alive.

The inner conflict on what is right and what is wrong
My need to live is so very strong
One simple error could be the cause of my demise
And the never-ending sad and lonely cries.

My thoughts are muddled and don't make sense
If I use you, I would feel the rush of life- it would be intense
Is it right or is it wrong to do
I feel my pulse begin to weaken and I cannot choose.

I am slipping away into a dark place
My breathe is labored and my heart begins to race
Will someone find me like this, unprotected
Who knew one small thing would be regretted.

To feed my body, this is the thing of life
Instead, this morsel can damage worse than a knife
My brain comes alive and weakly I reach for you
Suddenly, common sense kicks on and I know what to do.

I push down blindly- counting, hoping, praying
There is no movement, I feel my dimension swaying
The pain is not there
All I feel is the rush of air.

I feel my life begin to come back to me all at once
The gurgling of my open throat and the grunts
Tears stream down my face as agony disappears
The true feeling of just being alive is so sincere
Now I know what to do and when
With one simple device- my lifesaver, my EpiPen.


Memorial Day weekend is just a few days away, which mean food, food and more food!
Remember to always have your Twin Pack EpiPen with you- an allergic reaction can happen at any moment. Not having an EpiPen could be the difference between life and death. There is no excuse- love yourself enough to keep it with you, always.
~ Tracy




Sunday, May 19, 2013

Saturday's Winner

Saturday was the final day of my Food Allergy Awareness Week giveaway.
The winner for Saturday was
LaTasha Gardner!

LaTasha will receive a June/July issue of Living Without Magazine, some RW Garcia 3 Seed Mango & Curry Chips, some Saffron Road coupons, Surf Sweets gummies and coupons and a discount coupon for Ad RescueWear.
 Thank you to all of the companies that graciously donated the giveaway supplies and to all of you who participated in this week-long contest. I am truly blessed to be able to be a part of this food allergy journey and to help others but in the end, I would be nothing without all of you!
Please take a moment to reflect on how you can help out in the journey of food allergies. Register for your local FARE Food Allergy Walk, donate to a local organization or set up an allergy-friendly play group. Every thing that you do helps.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Friday's Winner

Friday's winner for my Food Allergy Awareness giveaway is
MARY JOY!
Mary Joy will be getting the June/July issue of Living Without Magazine, a package of Saffron Road's Falafel Crunchy Chickpeas and coupons and some Surf Sweets Gummies packets, also with coupons.
Thank you for participating in the contest. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE GIVEAWAY- BE SURE AND VISIT MY FACEBOOK PAGE TO ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN! 

What better way to celebrate Food Allergy Awareness Week by registering for your local FARE Food Allergy Walk. Great news- if you are in the Piedmont Triad area, this year is the first for our area so make sure you are sharing it with us. Please stop by the
homepage to register today

Friday, May 17, 2013

Thursday's Winner

The winner for Thursday's Food Allergy Awareness Week question is
LACY WADE!
Lacy will receive a pair of wet wrap therapy sleeves and a coupon from Ad Rescue Wear, a $10 gift certificate for Alert Wear and some yummy chips from RW Garcia!

Thank you for participating in the contest and make sure you visit my Facebook page each day for another chance to win something through May 18th.

What better way to celebrate Food Allergy Awareness Week by registering for your local FARE Food Allergy Walk. Great news- if you are in the Piedmont Triad area, this year is the first for our area so make sure you are sharing it with us.Please stop by the

homepage to register today

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wednesday's Winner

The winner for Wednesday's Food Allergy Awareness Week question is....
NINA REAMS!

Nina will receive a "Mother of child with Food Allergies" mug as seen on SnackSafely and a handful of Sunbutter packets.
Thank you for participating in the contest and make sure you visit my Facebook page each day for another chance to win something through May 18th.

What better way to celebrate Food Allergy Awareness Week by registering for your local FARE Food Allergy Walk. Great news- if you are in the Piedmont Triad area, this year is the first for our area so make sure you are sharing it with us.Please stop by the
homepage to register today

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tuesday's Winner

And the winner for Tuesday's Food Allergy Awareness Week question is
SELENA BUNTZER!


Selena will receive some Surf Sweet Gummies, coupons and the Trust Your Journey Share bracelets that help to raise money for the Nevada FARE Walk as seen on Gratefulfoodie's site.
Thank you for participating in the contest and make sure you visit my Facebook page each day for another chance to win something through May 18th.
What better way to celebrate Food Allergy Awareness Week by registering for your local FARE Food Allergy Walk. Great news- if you are in the Piedmont Triad area, this year is the first for our area so make sure you are sharing it with us.Please stop by the
homepage to register today

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Monday's Winner

And the winner for Monday's Food Allergy Awareness question is


CRYSTAL OLIVAS!


Crystal will receive a bag of Yummy Earth lollipops and the June/July issue of Living Without magazine.


Thank you for participating in the contest and make sure you visit my Facebook page each day for another chance to win something through May 18th.
What better way to celebrate Food Allergy Awareness Week by registering for your local FARE Food Allergy Walk. Great news- if you are in the Piedmont Triad area, this year is the first for our area so make sure you are sharing it with us.Please stop by the
homepage to register today

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sunday's Winner!

The winner of Sunday's Food Allergy Awareness Week's question is...

DONNA OATES!


Donna will receive a container of Sunbutter, some Surf Sweets gummies and some coupons.

A special thank you to Surf Sweets for providing the gummies and coupons as well as Sunbutter.
Thank you for participating in the contest and make sure you visit my Facebook page each day for another chance to win something through May 18th.
What better way to celebrate Food Allergy Awareness Week by registering for your local FARE Food Allergy Walk. Great news- if you are in the Piedmont Triad area, this year is the first for our area so make sure you are sharing it with us.Please stop by the homepage to register today!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Week of Mini Giveaways

Who likes Giveaways?
I Do! I Do!




May 12 - 18th is Food Allergy Awareness Week.
In honor of this, I am going to be giving out some goodies as a thank you to show my appreciation for everyone being a part of what I do. Starting Sunday, May 12th I will post a daily question on my Facebook page for a chance to win that day's allergy-friendly item. All winners will be chosen randomly from the list of people who answer and will be announced via Facebook page and blogpost.
I have all types of items from great companies such as
I even have a special Share bracelet as seen on Gratefulfoodie that will help raise money for her FARE Walk in Las Vegas, NV. There's more but I you know that I love to keep things a surprise!
Please feel free to share this contest as it is open to everyone. Thank you and don't forget to check in daily.

Did you know that I also have a free quarterly newsletter? Sign up on my website and view the previous issues.

Are you in the Piedmont Triad, NC area? Please join me on September 8th, 2013 for our area's first-ever FARE Food Allergy Walk. Please contact me for more details- we would love to have you!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Food Allergies- The Upside

Food allergies can be tricky but I always try to keep on the lighter side of the situation. I feel that keeping a sense of humor is very important not because I am making fun of anything so serious but simply because positive thoughts bring positive actions. If you are negative, your actions will tend to be more negative. I am a proactive food allergy parent- I do not dwell on the "can't" but I do strive for the "I can".

Having food allergies is quite..well, plain and simple, it can just suck sometimes. In the beginning, it can take a toll on new found allergy moms and it can be the cause of many family fights as well. But I am here to say that you need to push beyond that. There are undeniably great reasons and I have come to share them with you. Please keep in mind this is all in fun and not meant for anything other than a good laugh.

                                              You Get to Stay in Better Hotels
What?! Yes, you do. When you travel with food allergies, 99% of the time you need to have accommodations that include a mini fridge and microwave or a kitchenette. This means no cheasy-sleezy motels and less worries of a possible bedbug infestation. While your friends are complaining that they had to bunk at the worst nightmare hotel ever, you can smile to yourself knowing that your family had a decent dinner, sat by the pool and were not afraid to take a bath in the tub of your room. It sounds like an over site but it truly is a perk in my opinion.

                                A Great Reason to Stay Away from In-Laws
Has your family ever been invited to stay with that not so great relative but you did not know how to politely decline? Worry no more- food allergies can be your built-in friend to lean on. That sister-in-law who cooks the terrible casserole that everyone else loves will no longer be a threat to you. Your Great Aunt Ida who loves to pet her long-haired cats while chopping up vegetables can no longer torment you. You have a safe out, a good reason and nobody can say a word to argue.

You Actually Save Money
Movie theaters, sports arenas, amusement parks- that all love to double and triple their prices on food and drinks. When you have food allergies, there is very little that you can safely purchase at any of these places. Most of us will pack up a lunchbox or cooler and head out just to have fun. This means not having to spend $5 on one bottle of water and not getting sucked into all of the chintzy tourist items that are around every corner. Just say no to their overpriced items and yes to a safe and still happy family.

                                              You Get Special Meals
Many people think this is annoying and makes a person feel like an outcast. In reality, how many non-allergic people do you know of that get special treatment from the Chef? Now, I am in no way saying that this is ideal for everyone but the only other people that I know of who get the VIP treatment are VIP's so why not embrace it? Utilize your knowledge to stay safe, allow someone to spoil you with a new, personally planned meal and smile while everyone else in the restaurant whispers and wonders who you are that made the Chef come to your table to take notes.

No Peer Pressure
All parents drill into their children's head to stay away from certain things that may be offered by friends as they get older. Think of how a food allergy also relates in this situation. Scenario- children will go to a party and be offered new things to eat or drink and those offering may push, saying it's something that everyone is having. If you have food allergies, you cannot chance cross-contamination anywhere and this includes ALL food and drinks. If this situation arises what better excuse than to say "I have food allergies"- discussion done! There is no blame on parents, being too afraid, nothing just a valid reason. You may also get some new camaraderie from it.

The moral of my post is to use what you have and embrace it to the fullest. We all have things that could weigh us down and make us droop but who wants to do that? As perfectly stated by Lakeisha Williams "The moment you realize how powerful you really are...and not run away from it. But embrace the heck out of it."