"Allergies are a footnote in our biographies, not entire chapters of it" Alexandra Allen

I read a really interesting article today from Allergic Living, The Girl Who’s Allergic to Water. I really recommend checking it out, it’s a great read.

This article is actually written by the source, Miss Alexandra Allen, who has something called aquagenic urticaria. She’s a fantastic young woman and did a wonderful job explaining the ins and out of being someone who cannot tolerate being in water. Her life is quite restricted, as you can imagine, but she doesn’t let this challenging disorder hold her back. Not at all.

I read through, absolutely fascinated, and when I got to the end of the story her last sentence floored me. She eloquently puts what so many of us are trying to achieve for ourselves or the kiddos we take care of into words.

“Allergies are a footnote in our biographies, not entire chapters of it.” ~ Alexandra Allen

How amazing is that?

It kind of knocked me over the head like derp, this is what it’s all about. It’s an odd concept for me as an allergy momma. I work incredibly hard to make sure my girl is safe, included, comfortable and happy. It truly feels like my life revolves around food allergies. Probably because it does….I’m even making a career out of it come to think of it.

The Question

So all this buildup to ask you a question. I really want to know how you feel about Miss Allen’s statement. I think she’s totally right, but I don’t know how to make it true in my own life. I’m working hard to make it so for Maya though.

What do you think? Have you reached this state? Do you have any tips for those of us that still aren’t to that point?

Inquiring minds desperately want to know 😉