|Dr. Michael Pistiner, AllergyHome|
|Dr. Sandra Gawchik & Sue Lockwood|
The Big Question-
I guess you are all wondering who, what, where when and why, isn't that what all stories are made up of? We were lucky enough to have several guest speakers including one call-in speaker that consisted of Sue Lockwood & Dr. Sandra Gawchik- American Latex Allergy Association, Jennie Young - National Education Association (NEA), Dr. John Lee & Dr. Michael Pistiner - AllergyHome, Kimberly Turner - Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), Dr. Matthew Greenhawt (via telephone), Dr. Stanley Fineman - Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic, Dr. Ruchi Gupta, Tia Campbell - Virginia Department of Education, Lisa Albert - Elizabethtown High School, Jon Terry - Allergy Advocacy Association and Dr. Jacqueline Eghrari-Sabet - Family Allergy & Asthma Care.We were also given a copy of Dr. Alan Wanderer's book "Anaphylaxis- A Medical Thriller" and even had the chance to chat and get an autograph.
|Dr. John Lee|
|Lisa Rutter & Me|
|Elizabeth DiBurro, |
Dr. John Lee &
|Dr. Ruchi Gupta|
With so many different avenues that reactions could occur, it is important to find the triggers. Make sure communication is clear and open and be prepared since an allergic reaction can happen at a moment's notice. We all need to come together so that we can come up with a better plan that will be more effective in not only treating anaphylaxis but to possibly avoid it. Being proactive should not just be limited to other allergic friends and family- information should, no needs to be shared with all types of people. Why? Because an allergic reaction can happen to anyone at any time. The more information that is used as common knowledge, the more others will begin to see that allergies are not so unfamiliar but actually turning into today's daily challenges. Each year, food allergies increase but there is an upside to this- each year, so does the research to help us understand it.
What Can I Do?
There are numerous ways to help spread knowledge about anaphylaxis, it all depends on what is the best avenue for you. Whether it be starting a local support group, communicating with school staff, sharing various websites and pages, donations; it is gladly a never-ending funnel of what can I share next. I can tell you that each time I attend a summit or a webinar, it leaves me with new hopes and goals on how to increase my awareness as well as with others. The important thing to remember is that no gesture is too small- if your lifestyle allows for a small amount of help, that's still help that would not have been previously given out to those who need to know. Not everybody is expected to join every group or set up every local school board with all of the best pointers on what we need. It's all about multiple people helping and paying it forward so that we can lean on each other. A bridge is not a bridge without multiple pieces- with all of the necessary items to secure it, it becomes a safe and useful item for everyone. It doesn't matter if you are a piece of the bridge or a builder, just as long as the bridge is made. As best stated by Isaac Newton "We build too many walls and not enough bridges."
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