‘No actually, just one bite isn’t ok!’
Hi I’m Lisa, half of the team which is AllergyLogic. I have two beautiful children …Olivia and Sebastien, and I am married to Evan, my very supportive husband. Amongst my many roles as a mother, daughter, sister, friend (to many I am happy to say), business owner and designer, I am now also a co founder and author of an app!
A few years ago I had the chance meeting with Rita my AllergyLogic partner and close friend. It was through this serendipitous meeting that I found to my joy and surprise someone whose family was living as we were, balancing that precarious line between cautiousness and diligence on our children’s behalf and facilitating inclusion without compromising their safety or imposing their food restrictions on to anyone else…….Oh the fine line we walk as allergy parents!
I have never met a parent that can truly say hand over heart that the role of being a parent is easy.
Parenting is a demanding role and if like me you have a child with severe life threatening food allergies thrown into the equation, it’s probably a little more challenging and difficult at times than you would like.
We have been in that challenging space many times. Sebastien has 5 of the 9 most common food allergens so I understand how tough it can be, especially in the early years. I can vividly remember the times I would feel distraught at having to leave him for a play date at a ‘new friend’s’ home never being certain if the person fully understood that ‘one bite of a biscuit probably would not end well’. Really how can something as innocuous as a cookie possibly be THAT harmful? I would imagine them saying ‘Nice little boy but I think the mother is clearly a little neurotic!’ Maybe I was? I don’t know. All I do know for certain is that I often had that gripping anxiety, while appearing on the outside to be cool and calm…well that was my intention! I was determined Sebastien would carry that fear as little as possible. Over time and with each new experience our lives have become much easier.
Today the story is somewhat different. Here is a snap shot of our ‘little’ Seb who is now a strapping adolescent with a size 13 shoe! He has tried pretty much every sport involving a ball deciding that soccer is his ultimate love! Our beautiful son is focused, confident and happy. He has a wonderful relationship with Olivia, who is in her own right a beautiful, intelligent and very caring sister and with a good dose of keeping it real! I’m not sure as a mother I could ever wish for more? We always aim for that balance between being vigilant and inclusive. AllergyLogic is testament to our hard work. We know our hard work will make your journey easier.
Whatever has been instrumental in you finding AllergyLogic, I’m glad you’re here. WELCOME…