Profile of an Allergy Parent: Paul Crowley (Top 10 Challenge Committee)

Paul Crowley is the father of two boys: a 10-year-old with food allergies and an 8-year-old with none. While he does his best to maintain a relatively normal life for his family, they inevitably had to make changes after the diagnosis -- things like asking a lot of questions before outings, birthday parties and sleepovers. Still, … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Paul Crowley (Top 10 Challenge Committee)

Profile of an Allergy Parent: Jennifer Fortino (Not So Nutty Mom)

Jennifer Fortino is a high school English teacher and the mom of two little ones. While her four-year-old-daughter has an anaphylactic allergy to tree nuts, her two-year-old son has no known allergies to date. It took her awhile to accept the emotional hardship and everyday challenges that accompanied her daughter's diagnosis -- she has witnessed … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Jennifer Fortino (Not So Nutty Mom)

Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis: When the Medical Response Is a Mystery (part 2 of 3)

This blog post is part 2 of a 3-part series. Read part 1 and part 3. Since I first wrote about my son's first anaphylactic reaction (and the doctor's mysterious reaction to his reaction), I've done a lot of following up. Because as helpless as I felt when all this went down, the truth is, it was up … Continue reading Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis: When the Medical Response Is a Mystery (part 2 of 3)

Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis: Mystery Reactions Can Come In Many Forms (part 1 of 3)

This blog post is part 1 of a 3-part series. Read part 2 and part 3. Last Friday, my son experienced his first anaphylactic reaction. I didn't even realize it was truly an anaphylactic reaction until I arrived home and reviewed the symptoms of anaphylaxis. Why didn't I know? Because the whole experience was a … Continue reading Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis: Mystery Reactions Can Come In Many Forms (part 1 of 3)

Profile of an Allergy Parent: Shannan Davis (Top 10 Challenge Committee)

A lifelong resident of Toronto, Shannan lives with her husband of 10 years, her (almost) 3-year-old daughter, and an aquarium full of fish named after characters from John Hughes movies. Having had no experience with food allergies, Shannan never anticipated that she’d be an allergy mom one day. Here's her story... AllergyBites: What foods is … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Shannan Davis (Top 10 Challenge Committee)

Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Review: Vesuvio Pizzeria & Spaghetti House

Restaurants that appear on AllergyBites may have updated their menu or changed management since a review was posted. Please confirm that they are still allergy-friendly & that menu items don’t contain your allergen(s) before visiting or placing your order. If you ask around, it seems like allergy-friendly pizzerias in Toronto are a dime a dozen. … Continue reading Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Review: Vesuvio Pizzeria & Spaghetti House