she's kind of a big deal

Auntie k is a pretty amazing aunt. She’s always around to cover cheeks with kisses, provide a stern no when needed, or to host sleepovers for date nights out in the city. Her absolute adoration for all the children in her life is palpable and genuine.

Auntie k is a talented writer, so gifted that even considering writing something about her recent accomplishment makes me feel completely inadequate in her lofty shadow. Auntie k recently coauthored author a book series for children and families coping with food allergies. We’ve previewed a copy of the first book in the series and I am happy to report that it is truly wonderful.

Sports-Tastic Birthday Party introduces a novel way for families to cope with the many challenges food allergies bring to the table. Kerry and her coauthor Heather are hoping to spread their message far and wide to educate not just families living with allergies, but everyone on their “No, biggie!” concept. As a social worker, my favorite part is that the kids each have something besides their allergy that makes them special; Scott’s allergic to soy and loves sports, Greta’s into galaxies and allergic to gluten, and even Natalie, an art lover with no allergies. Years ago when I spent a long (and woeful) summer as a counselor for a camp for girls with diabetes. While I have some pretty terrible memories of that summer (the hike to heck namely), it was astonishing to see the girls’ self-esteem skyrocket when they were known by their peers not for having diabetes, but for being the best swimmer, the fastest one to the snack bell, the funniest. The stigma of being the kid with diabetes evaporated for those two weeks. The high they left with lingered for a bit before evaporating completely and the countdown to camp would begin again. With food allergies so prevalent these days, its time for kids to find a better way, a non-medical way, a year long way, to cope and be known for who they are rather than what they cannot eat.

Congratulations Auntie k!

Your work is going to change the way people think about allergies.


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