Allie Bahn has always lived with life-threatening allergies to numerous foods (including peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, potato and more) as well as having environmental allergies and asthma.
During Allie’s senior year of college, she did an independent study on the rise in prevalence of children with food allergies. She realized as she interviewed parents, that many were fearful and seeking guidance on how to teach their children to navigate the world safely with allergies. Allie was raised by parents who understood a child’s need for independence.
Her parents showed her how to become the self-reliant, adventurous, world traveler that she is today. Allie realized she could put her allergy expertise to good use by guiding others to live and thrive with food allergies.
In 2008, there were still very few blogs and social media was just on the cusp of becoming popular. When Allie created the blog Miss Allergic Reactor, she saw a need and wanted to help others understand from the allergic child point-of-view. With a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism, Allie figured it was also a way to keep writing while pursuing other passions.
The following year, Allie applied to an intensive ten-month graduate school program to receive her Masters in Education. For the past eight years, Allie has been a full time fourth grade teacher (in Boston and Italy) as well as writing, speaking, and participating actively in the food allergy community.
Allie’s been featured in multiple publications, including the New York Times. She has also been interviewed by NPR, the BBC and continues to freelance write for many of the top allergy publications across the country including Allergic Living Magazine, where she writes a Travel Feature.
This website has been through many makeovers in its ten year existence. Allie is proud of this journey and all that she has learned along the way. Allie believes in the importance of building community and empowering this next generation of “allergic reactors” to pursue their passions without allowing allergies to get in their way.
In honor of Allergy Awareness month in May of 2016, Allie created #EmpowerFAkids to build a space to share empowering allergy moments in the community.
Allie’s love of travel has taken her all over the world on irreplaceable adventures. With her Tuesday Travel Tips on Instagram and her many posts about her adventures across the globe, she continues to pave the path for travelers in the allergy community.
Allie’s extensive knowledge of Italy has also led her to assist numerous families with safe travels throughout the country.
Since Allie grew up not knowing anyone else with life-threatening food allergies, she understands how isolating it can feel at times, but was also raised by parents who empowered her to see past that and live life to the fullest. For this reason, Allie hopes to continue to inspire and empower others in the allergy community with her continued dedication to Miss Allergic Reactor.