Just a short reflection and note today…
If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you might know that I’m in the midst of preparing several grant applications and scholarly presentations. I’ve also had the chance to chat with some amazing food allergy folks one-on-one since the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference.
Putting 2 and 2 together, I realized that I have a great opportunity to teach audiences who may be less familiar with food allergies – scientific funding agencies and social scientists – about the most pressing concerns faced by people with the condition. Some of these concerns might be things that I’m taking for granted, or that only a subset of the food allergy community is thinking about. So, I’m looking for some help from my readers. I want to know what’s important to you!
As an example, one topic that I haven’t written much about yet is the different challenges faced by adults with food allergies versus parents of food allergic kids. I’ve had this conversation so many times in the past week that I think I need to make sure I address it in at least some of my upcoming work. I’ve noticed that some parents just aren’t even thinking about how their experience differs from adults with their own food allergies, and that some adults recognize how their experience is different from kids and parents but don’t bring it up because they don’t want to make a fuss or draw attention to themselves. I’m learning that this is a very important aspect of food allergy “culture,” especially for adults with food allergies, and it seems like an important point to communicate to outside audiences. Hopefully this can help others understand the needs of the food allergy community and what might be done to improve life with food allergies.
So what’s your #1 worry, interest, or question about food allergies that you would want communicated to scientific audiences outside the food allergy world?