Speaking About Allergies


I didn’t know much about food allergies until that became a diagnosis for me at the age of 30.  My knowledge then grew considerably from personal experience, research, and participation in awareness activities. Without really intending to, I eventually started sharing with others what I had learned about food allergies. I talk about this in […]

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How I Advocate for Children With Allergies

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I have become an advocate for children as well as adults with allergies. I hope to raise awareness of allergies through my words and actions. In my latest article on Allergies.net, I share some practical things I do to help meet the needs of children with allergies and their families. Here is the first part […]

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How I Became a Patient Leader Advocate for Allergies.net


People ask me lots of questions about my experience with allergies. For years, I have wanted to use what I have been through for good. In an article on Allergies.net, I shared how my experience with allergies has led to something beneficial. Here is an excerpt from the article: “When asked, I gladly accepted the […]

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Trusting God in the Change

The loud, grating noise outside drew my focus from the task at hand. Someone was trimming the trees behind the brick wall at the edge of our property. The job took only a few minutes, and then all was quiet again. But things were not the same. I stared in shock and disappointment at the […]

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Can I Handle This?

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From time to time, we all experience anxiety marked by doubt, fear, or nervousness about something that may or may not happen in the future. This natural reaction is common when entering a different season in life (e.g., college, marriage, parenthood, etc.), starting a new job, and waiting for the results of medical tests. Usually, […]

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When the Pain Goes Away

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“When will the pain go away?” The orthopedic surgeon had probably heard my question from each of his patients. He spoke confidently from experience. “One year.” February 19, 2016, marked one year from the day I fell at home and broke my right wrist. I felt excruciating pain those first few days and the week […]

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Living with an Autoimmune Condition

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Have you ever heard of someone struggling with an illness? Personally, I consider myself living with an autoimmune condition, rather than struggling with it. I, along with 23.5 million other Americans, face the following common challenges of living with an autoimmune condition: Like many chronic illnesses, an autoimmune condition continues or occurs again and again […]

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How Silence Comforts

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The title of my friend’s book intrigued me: His Comfort of Silence. After all, I had journeyed from a place of silence to one where I use my recovered voice for professional writing and speaking. I wondered how silence could comfort and was delighted that Eriko Nancy Valk, Ph.D., had asked me to edit her manuscript. […]

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Brokenness Isn’t All Bad


“Oh no…the wedding!” The words came out as quickly as I had I fallen on the tile floor in my home. What good could come from a bride breaking her wrist ten days before her wedding? Many assured me that everything would be okay—and they were right. I walked down the aisle just seven days […]

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Understanding the Purpose of Our Pain

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Sometimes God reveals the purpose of our pain in what seems to us like expected places. However, those places are not surprises to God. He in fact directs us to certain locations at specific times because He knows where we have been. Although I recently planned a routine visit to Whole Foods, God had something […]

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