As a child, I was never told, “no you can’t because of your food allergies,” but instead, “okay, let’s find a way to make it happen.” My parents always looked at every experience as an opportunity for me to grow stronger, more assertive, and independent. They both have these amazingly positive, can-do attitudes that transformed me into someone who sees the glass half full, not empty.
Being a part of the food allergy community as a blogger since 2008 and much more actively in the past few years, I have met many parents who aim for this same attitude. Being able to find the “silver linings” and see the glass half full is what makes us allergy kids shine. We know how to be resilient, face challenges head on, and stand up for ourselves. These are not easy skills, but they build character and heart.
I’m not bragging, but us allergy kids have some very kind and empathic hearts. We know what it is like to feel left out and we know how to feel thankful and appreciative when we aren’t. We know how important “please” and “thank you” are because we are always asking for help.
This month I want to recognize those traits that make us allergy kids so special. The ones that demonstrate what “silver linings” can come from life with food allergies.
I hope you will pay extra special attention this month to all the positives and share them in the #EmpowerFAkids Facebook group!