Nearly four years ago, my world was shaken when my youngest son, Matthew, had his first anaphylactic reaction to green peas at 12 months old. There is so much uncertainty and fear surrounding life-threatening food allergies, and I remember that feeling all too well.
I committed to doing whatever it took to make life "normal" for my son. I read countless blogs and articles, scoured websites like FARE, and joined a local support group. Over time, I gained confidence in the kitchen and in managing my son's every day life. I felt empowered!
About a year ago, Food Allergy Arsenal was born. After Matthew's diagnosis, I had several friends who received their own life-changing news, and given the prevalence of food allergies, I knew millions of other families were also impacted. I had learned so much, developed my own recipes, and had created my own "arsenal" of ideas and tricks to manage food allergies, and I knew that I just had to share.
Also about a year ago, I began work on my M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. During one of my classes last fall, one of the assignments was to present on an emerging issue in higher education: I selected food allergy management. It was at this point that two major interests in my life collided, and where this portion of my website, a real focus on higher education and food allergy management, was born.
I have worked tirelessly this semester to develop meaningful content for this focus, and I am looking forward to sharing with you what I have learned!
My name is Brittany Dye, and I am a food allergy mom and a graduate student in higher education administration at Middle Tennessee State University. These two parts of my world have collided, and I am passionate about successful food allergy management in higher education.