Researchers estimate that 32 million Americans have food allergies. Chances are that you (yes, you!) reading this either have your own food allergies or love someone who has them. On
Researchers estimate that 32 million Americans have food allergies. Chances are that you (yes, you!) reading this either have your own food allergies or love someone who has them. On the surface, food allergies can seem pretty straightforward. Just avoid your allergens and all is well, right? But those of us with the allergies know that there is a lot more to it. Having food allergies or loving/caring for someone with them can be exhausting, frustrating, anxiety-producing, and isolating.
This meetup and discussion group is for food allergy sufferers (regardless of the severity) or those who love and support someone with food allergies. The ones who have become professional nutrition label readers, pop Benadryl tablets like skittles, and have mastered the art of politely declining offers of food. Let’s spend some time holding space for each other, offering insight, connecting and laughing over shared experiences, and sharing tips and resources.
If you like, feel free to come to the discussion group with ideas and tips you have that make life with food allergies a little easier. The more we can share with each other the better!
This will be a structured but flexible discussion and support group. You do not have to share, you are more than welcome to just come listen and be present.
Bio: Courtney was born and raised in northern Virginia but has called Winston-Salem home for the past 10 years. Courtney lives with her husband and their hypoallergenic labradoodle (because allergies), Henri. Courtney is allergic to about 50 foods and has had over 20 anaphylactic reactions in her lifetime. In her early 20’s, fed up from a lifetime of fear-based living surrounding food and eating, Courtney reached out to a professional who helped her learn how to not only live but thrive in a world where the food sometimes tries to murder you. Courtney is passionate about empowering others to openly talk about the frustrations and challenges that can accompany food allergies, as well as helping others find their own voice and strength when dealing with circumstances beyond their control.
(Monday) 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Fearless Winston Salem
1002 Brookstown Avenue