I've tried many times to express my feelings and frustrations about being a food-allergy mom, but could never get the words right. Carissa K did a way better job explaining what it's like than I ever could have.
Her article on the Huffington Post perfectly described what it's like. I've not been secretive about the issues that we have had, how much anxiety it causes me, and how it's changed our lives. But there have been many other times that I have been so upset and frustrated because of what a friend thinks and has said.
I know that people don't understand when we tell them that we cannot be at a party or get together if peanuts or peanut butter is present. I know they think that I'm overprotective or exaggerating. But I'm not. I don't let it bother me 90% of the time, but the other part of the time, it really eats at me.
I loved how Carissa K said:
40+ Peanut-Free Candy and Treat Options
Peanut Butter Substitutes