Food Allergy CAN Openers: Lisa Ngo's family is pure inspiration to us all!
Blog Post #174 — by Lisa Ngo: We are fortunate to have six wonderful Can Openers in our lives. My parents, brother, sister in law, and nephews make food allergy life a whole lot easier for our family.
Our son Cam is 21 months old and highly allergic to peanuts, eggs, and tree nuts. Our reality includes preparing and bringing his food whenever we go to parties, restaurants, or events. It’s an extra step, but we don’t mind, as it keeps him safe and gives us peace of mind. However, at our regular dinners with my family, we don’t have to worry about a thing.
Meals shared with my family are always delicious and safe for Cam, right down to the brand of spices used. My sister in law also often goes out of her way to make a safe dessert, which can be especially difficult when avoiding cross contamination. Just last weekend, he was able to enjoy his first homemade Rice Krispie treat she brought to share at a big family event. He loved it!
It’s so wonderful for our son to be fully included in meals with the family. His big cousins, Alex (8) and Lucas (5), are especially conscientious about what is and isn’t safe for him. Not only do they want to keep unsafe foods away from their little cousin, but they choose to avoid it themselves (even during pretend play!) so they can interact with him worry free.
All of these little actions my family takes to keep Cam safe are a BIG deal to us. We are so grateful to have family who gets it!
If you have a friend, family member or teacher who is a Food Allergy Can opener in your life, let me know!
Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your family's amazing example advocacy. Their example is one that we can share with our own families! Lisa's family is, indeed, pure inspiration! For more information about Lisa's advocacy, check out her amazing allergy-friendly recipe site, www.safelydelish.com!
JJ Vulopas is a rising senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at www.thelandofcan.com. Follow him on Instagram and on Twitter @thelandofcan.