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I'm doing a presentation tonight at my local food allergy support group. It should be geared for school age kids but have enough info to keep the parents also interested. Any suggestions???

On Aug 13, 2003

Is the presentation for the kids? If so, you could explain how you have stayed safe in different situations. Maybe, what to look out for, or how to address adults and other kids from the allergic child's point-of-view. I would love to bring my son, if it is for kids. Andrea

On Aug 13, 2003

How'd your talk go? I'd love to hear about it~

On Aug 14, 2003

The talk went really well. I had expected that the children would be around 3-5 graders but most of them were around kindergarten age or younger. I wrote a speech but when I got there I realized it was a little too detailed for my audience so I used bits and pieces of it but mostly it was a question/ answer session. I did a demonstration with a ballon to show an allergic reaction. The ballon was the mast cell. I taped dixie cups to the outside which were the IgE antibodies and pins with peanut and milk. The insided of the balloon was filled with water to stand for the chemicals and histimine inside the mast cells. I picked to volunteers to be the peanut and milk and they popped the balloon and and the water came out (the cell bursting open releasing the histimine into the body). I also brought a bunch of epipen trainers and taught them to use it (although most already knew how) and I brought 2 expired epipens and let 2 kids shoot them into a grapefruit.

We talked a little bit about the positive things of having a food allergy (some of the responses were sometimes you get out of eating really discusting foods, eat healthier, parents cook interesting and creativfe foods)

The parents asked a lot of questions about the tnx-901 study. Overall it went really well. The were really into it and definitely got a lot out of it. I could tell they really "got it" because they were asking good questions.

Here's the speech I prepared but didn't use:

Hi. My name is Allison and I

On Aug 14, 2003

Good for you Allison, sounds like you did a great job. Good luck in college! Peggy

On Aug 15, 2003

Thanks Peggy and good luck to your son

Allison

On Aug 15, 2003

Sorry I missed your update until tonight.

Wow, this is a great outline for a presentation. It would be a great demonstration for a class. Love the balloon! Sounds like you really got them excited about learning. That's terrific!

Thanks for posting about it. We're always needing ideas for presentations and it's great to have your wonderful ones posted here.

On Mar 2, 2004

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On Mar 2, 2004

Thank you!

On Mar 2, 2004

Allison,

I just want to say a few things.

As the parent of a child with food allergies I have sometimes felt frustration with our situation. Frustrated that our current situation causes us to make lifestyle decisions that prevent us from being a "carefree", "normal" family.

After reading many of your posts, I must say that I am impressed. You could sit quietly on the sideline and take care of yourself, or you could have curled up into a ball of bitterness.

But no! You have made a choice to help others.

I sincerely hope that when my children enter their adolescent years they are 1/4 as caring as you have been.

Thank You!

------------------ Pete Ferraro [url="http://www.FerraroFamily.org"]http://www.FerraroFamily.org[/url]

On Mar 2, 2004

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Originally posted by PeteFerraro: [b]After reading many of your posts, I must say that I am impressed. You could sit quietly on the sideline and take care of yourself, or you could have curled up into a ball of bitterness.

But no! You have made a choice to help others.[/b]

I agree totally - her postings show a very responsible, intelligent and caring individual [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Mar 2, 2004

Erik and Peter, thank you for your very flattering comments.

Peter, I have a few comments for you but this week I'm REALLY busy. I will elaborate more in the next week or so.

Allison

On Mar 7, 2004

Allison - what a great speech - it just encompasses everything. I read it to my son ( PA) and he said..loudly... "WHOA".. it helped him to see it happens to others, there is a future and its nothing to be ashamed of. A HUGE thankyou!!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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