Welcome to Food Allergy Support Durham

Food allergyWelcome! Food Allergy Support Durham is a local learning and support group for individuals and parents of children living with life threatening allergies who live in Durham, Ontario.

If this is your first time visiting our site, welcome! If you are on facebook, please search Food Allergy Support Durham to be added to our private Facebook group. This is where members can post questions, have discussions and seek support from other members. It is a great way to communicate with other allergy families here in Durham.

About Food Allergy Support Durham:

My name is Adele and I started this group in January 2016. My 4 year old son has severe allergies to peanuts, dairy, egg, sesame and banana. Our journey started when he was just 4 weeks old with extreme eczema and irritability related to ingesting breast milk. We had our first visit to the Allergist at 6 months old and 4 years later we’re still learning as we go. My son can tolerate home baked egg and milk, which gives us great hope to outgrowing these allergies. Also, in February we are embarking on an exciting journey of starting Oral Immunotherapy for his peanut and sesame allergy. We’re nervous but excited at this great opportunity!

A huge difference in my life as a mom of a food allergic kid was the discovery of the Toronto Food Allergy Education and Support Group. By attending those meetings I have met friends going through similar experiences who I can chat with and know that they truly get it. These friendships have been invaluable to me this year. My goal in starting this group was to set up an outlet for parents to meet and have support from other families going through similar experiences within their local community, here in Durham.

We had our first meeting in October, 2016. All attendees had a very positive experience and we had a lot of great discussions and connections. You can find the notes from this meeting here.

Our first 2017 meeting will be March 26 from 7-9pm at the South Oshawa Community Centre. This will be an ‘Ask the Allergist’ session with allergist Dr. Lemon from the Oshawa Clinic. This is an exciting opportunity to ask all those lingering questions you’ve thought about after leaving the allergist office and wish you could ask. This will be a group setting (not a 1:1 opportunity to ask private questions). Please join us and reserve a spot by emailing me at ajjthompson@gmail.com. We have 14 spots left available.

Another exciting date is May 6, 2017. I am so excited to announce a Food Allergy Support Durham Family Day event. This child centred event will feature a children’s concert from food allergy educator and musician Kyle Dine. This FREE event will be held at Glen St. PS in Oshawa from 10am-12pm. More details to follow soon. I’m just in the process of acquiring sponsors for this event and will post more information ASAP. If you’d like to reserve a spot for your family to this event, please email me at ajjthompson@gmail.com.

Check out Categories to Browse for more information on popular allergy topics. If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like to hear more from others about, please email me and I will add it. If you have anything you’d like to add to any category that you’ve found helpful, please contact us as well.

I’m looking forward to chatting with you!