As you were perusing through the internet today I'd bet you didn't expect to find a reference to APSS aka Allergic Parent Stress Syndrome. Obviously this is a term we made up here at C4A; however, that doesn't take away from the reality that it really exists. Parents of severely allergic children often experience high levels of stress as they try to navigate the landscape of allergic living. This includes children with food allergies as well as those with severe allergies to things like latex, bee stings and venom allergies.
We know that any allergic reaction can be scary for us and this is especially true for those of us who have experienced or witnessed anaphylaxis. We also know the dangers and how quickly a reaction can escalate. We also know a lot more than we think we do and that same knowledge is what can help us get through the daily issues we often face. Here are some tips you may find helpful :
Heart of an advocate
Have you ever asked yourself why is your heart this way? Why do you feel so strongly about sharing your story and helping others share theirs? Why do you wake up asking yourself how can you help people navigate the journey just a little easier?
You my friend have the heart of an advocate. This heart aches with others. It jumps for joy with others and it also has the passion to fight the good fight with other. No need to fight your calling because fighting it won't help. It will call to you even when you are doing other things. It will remind you that injustices for others are opportunities for you to do more to help. You are what advocates are made of. You are the helpers mentioned the famous Mr. Rogers when he spoke of conversations with his mother. B
You are a special breed. And the world simply needs more like you.