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Exciting news – 1st FASDurham meeting set for October 16

Please join us for our 1st Food Allergy Support Durham meeting on Sunday, October 16 from 7-9pm.

For more details and to RSVP please view the evite

We’ll focus on hot topics for this time of year; school and Halloween! We will also be choosing topics that you’d like to focus on for future meetings to help us coordinate possible guest speakers. It will be so nice to put faces to names and meet everyone in person. Please come out and get to know your local food allergy community! There is so much to learn from each other 🙂

Most certainly children are welcome if you are unable to find child care, but the intended audience for this meeting is adults and parents of children living with food allergies. This is a great venue to meet other parents to organize play dates with other food allergic children.

We are currently searching for free locations to host our meetings. If anyone has any ideas for Oshawa near the 401 please message me – thanks in advance!

Additional Links

Are you looking for more resources for anaphylaxis and asthma management?  We’d recommend checking out the following links:  – Food Allergy Canada’s (formerly Anaphylaxis Canada) website – a wealth of resources for allergic families –  The Newly Diagnosed Support Centre from Food Allergy Canada – a comprehensive site explaining how to manage confidently with allergies – great companion website for Anaphylaxis in Schools & Other Settings – a must read reference for anyone with an allergic child in school  – Free online course from Food Allergy Canada about anaphylaxis management in school settings – a great course for teachers, extended family members and others who need to know how to manage anaphylaxis. go to the forum and here you will find a wonderfully supportive online community of parents of children with allergies who can provide you with personal experiences and you can also post questions you may have.

Recorded webinar where Members of Anaphylaxis Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel talk about what it’s like to grow up with food allergies: – A site for teenagers with food allergies from Food Allergy Canada – Allergy/Asthma Information Association – American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology – Asthma Society of Canada – Canadian Celiac Association – Canadian MedicAlert Foundation – Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology – Dieticians of Canada    A network of Canadian families committed to raising awareness of anaphylaxis with the Federal Government through the unanimous passing of Anaphylaxis Motion-230 May 22, 2013 – The Lung Association of Ontario – The Allergy Asthma & Immunology Society of Ontario – Canadian Food Inspection Agency  – Food Labelling information Allergy and Asthma Network – Mothers of Asthmatics (USA)  Anaphylaxis Campaign (UK) on Youtube – Blog and discussion on allergies, from the mother of a child with anaphylaxis

Information on fragrance allergies from David Suzuki foundation

Information on allergen/labelling in cosmetics from the Government of Canada

Welcome to Food Allergy Support Durham

Welcome! 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.

My name is Adele and I started this group in January 2016. My 3 year old son has severe allergies to peanuts, hazelnuts, 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 almost 3 years later we’re still learning as we go. Our next daunting adventure is sending him off to school this September!

A huge difference in my life as a mom of a food allergic kid was the discovery of the Toronto Food Allergy 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.

The Toronto Group meets 5 times a year and they are amazing. They have guest speakers like nutritionists, allergists, chefs and discuss many helpful topics. My goal is to get a similar format up and running for us in Durham by the Fall of 2016. My first step is recruitment. I’ll be putting posters up in local Allergists offices, putting messages in local mom groups and metroland newspapers to try and spread the word. When we have a fair number of people joining this group and can get an idea of where most people are joining from in Durham I can organize our first meet-up.  In the mean time, we can use this space, email and facebook to discuss and share anything related to food allergies and the struggles/successes we face daily.

Topics I love to hear from others are allergy friendly products and where to find them in our area, allergy friendly recipes, attending daycare/school, traveling with allergies…I could go on.

I’m looking forward to chatting with you!