I’ve struggled lately with my allergies. The permanence of the condition. The unpredictability of my immune system. I posted a short note on food allergy severity on my Instagram the other day, and I instantly regretted it. What I said was true, and is something people should know, yes. But did I need to say it? And in the heat of frustration? That sounds more like venting than raising awareness.
I’ve followed many food allergy awareness platforms on social media, and they’ve all had wisdom and warnings to share. But seldom have I seen encouragement – or inspiration. When I started this blog, the goal was to provide both. But I know I’ve shared many posts here that were less than encouraging, and I’m sure you saw my anger and discouragement when I did.
I’m not saying that it’s not important for us to share the stark realities of food allergies – or any other physical hardship. It IS important. Vital. But there should be balance. When we share reality, we should be tactful. When we preach awareness, we should be understanding.
Is there a line to be drawn? Are there times when we have to say “this far and no further”? Yes! And we should be warriors for each other at those times.
It is more important to me that we build each other up than, in our awareness efforts, forget to come alongside. We can, calmly and simply, use everyday opportunities for normalizing food allergies without instilling fear or causing misunderstanding.
How we address the issue is more important than why.
Just a short post today, folks. But I’m getting ready to release the March newsletter
(before the end of the month, I know, shocking) so if you haven’t signed up yet, please do!
What are your thoughts on this issue? Let’s chat in the comments! ❤