The Land of Can

My blog. My rules. Bon Appétit!

Over the past year, I’ve written more than 365 blog posts.

My name is JJ Vulopas, a 2019 college graduate living with food allergies. I've created this blog for two reasons: 1) to create an authentic resource for parents of children with food allergies and 2) to strengthen the emotional well-being of young people by empowering them to define themselves by who they are and who they can be, instead of by who they're not! Please scroll for more. My blog. My rules. Bon Appétit!

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Every Sunday, I’ll release a short, CANspirational video for kids and teens. Over the past year, psychologists helped me to develop tools that young people can use to get to CAN. Each week from my college apartment, I’ll focus on one of the Can traits and, in a few minutes, unveil a motivational talk that will appeal to all young people, not just those with allergies.


Each Monday, I’ll tell parents what’s really on my mind. I’ve lived with life-threatening food allergies for 20 years, and I have a lot to share. I’m not holding back, either. I have some strong opinions about what we need to do to help our children. I have strong opinions about what's right... and what's wrong in this industry. My blog. My rules. Watch out. 


When you have a food allergy, knowing how to handle a situation BEFORE it occurs is key. Experts say that children (and their parents) who know how to handle common food situations have less stress and are more confident in their daily interactions. Each Tuesday, I'll present a realistic, allergy-related scenario. Read them yourselves. Then review them with your children.


I love a photo that makes you think. Every Wednesday, I’ll post a pic & watch us play. Sometimes the photo will challenge you or inspire you or make you think or make you laugh or make you vent with like-minded friends like all of us!


I wish I didn't have my allergy, but since I do, I'm going to learn from it. Thursday, I’ll sit at a table with my allergy — Mr. A, I call him — and explore what having a life-threatening allergy in my life has taught me. Dare I say I'm a better person because of this stinkin' allergy? When the opportunity exists, reinforce these lessons with your own children.


Many people enable us to live in the Land of Can. Each Friday, I’ll present the "Can Opener" award — It’s my “thank you" acknowledgment to those who advocate for me and for those in the food allergy community. Hopefully, this inspires you to thank, and possibly nominate, a Can Opener in your life, too. 


My parents raised me with a CAN mindset. Each Saturday I’ll call home, and my parents and I will have an honest podcast discussion about the challenges of raising a child with an allergy. I’ve never really talked to my parents about the challenges they had raising me. I’m eager to find things out. Maybe their experiences might help someone else, too.