Over the course of about a year now, Dom and I have been discussing going into business as food and environmental allergy consultants for individuals, families, daycare centers, schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, and restaurants.
We kept it on the back burner since there were so many changes to our lives and household, but the topic would always surface as a real opportunity for helping others in New Mexico and even beyond our region.
Personally, I have 23 years of experience when it comes to food sensitivities, 10 years of experience in environmental allergies and sensitivities, and 6 years of experience in managing severe life threatening food allergies in special needs children.
Managing food and environmental allergies and sensitivities is a part of our lives every second of everyday. We eat, sleep, dream, and function within a world where at any moment, our child could die if she ingests the wrong food.
I’ve found that in New Mexico, the more I search, the less I find in terms of support and advocacy for Simone. Sometimes when this happens, it means there is a void just waiting for someone to come along and fill it. Dom and I have come to understand that this void will need to be filled by us.
Statistics reveal that 1 in 13 children have food allergies. 1 in 13! That averages about 2 children in every classroom. I find it remarkable that with such a staggering numbers (6 million children and counting in America) that there isn’t more awareness and advocacy for New Mexico.
So what does this mean for our future venture as sheep farmers and having a creamery? It means that we will be doing both. We know at this point that having a sheep dairy is our calling, and at the same time we need to reach out and help advocate for children and adults with food and environmental allergies. Both professions are about as opposite as they come, but both are needed for different reasons.
Our website will be a hub of information:
- Allergy and sensitivity news
- Multiple chemical sensitivities
- Multiple food allergies
- Environmental allergies
- Home life
- Instructional videos
- A private membership forum
- Local events
- Stories from real families
- Free printable pdf files for family, friends, schools, and teachers
And much more!
When parents or individuals are diagnosed with food allergies or sensitivities, their lives are changed forever. Our lives changed, and continue to change. We’ve missed funerals, weddings, birthday parties, and other special events because we couldn’t be sure that no harm would come to our child.
It takes a long time for extended family (even immediate family) members to understand the deep impact of food and environmental allergies. Our website will take aim at shedding light on many of these dynamics.
We hope to have our website launched in the next few months. So if I seem strangely silent here on the Chronicles, it’s because I’m knee deep in getting everything perfect for the new site.
I’ll post an update when we launch!
Below, I’m posting an awesome video on food allergies and the impact they have on children, families and the greater community. For anyone unfamiliar with what one little peanut or even the smallest particles of food can do to a food allergic person, please watch this video: