THE INVISIBLE TOLL: COPING WITH THE DIAGNOSIS OF SEVERE FOOD ALLERGIES
Joint Workshop with FARE
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
There is no fee for this event, which is brought to you as part of FARE’s ongoing Community Engagement activities in the Bay Area. However registration is required and space is limited.
Adults (18 and up) only, please. Subject matter is unsuitable for children. Childcare not available.
The Invisible Toll of Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis
Whether it was one wrong bite or a life-changing diagnosis, individuals and parents often struggle for years with the guilt, fear and heartbreak of living with food allergies. Often, just when we think we have things handled, a new allergy, an anaphylactic reaction, or another life change throws us back into overwhelm.
Food allergy author, educator and certified coach Gina Clowes will share the “Cycle of Change,” a framework for adjusting to life with food allergies and anaphylaxis. Each stage requires a different perspective and strategies for adapting to a “new normal” life while caring for oneself in the process. You’ll laugh – you may cry – but you’ll be validated and know for sure that you are not alone!
Gina Clowes, MCC, is the National Director of Training and Outreach for FARE, and former Program Director for a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is the founder of Allergy Moms support community serving over 52,000 families and professional members worldwide. A well-known speaker and trainer, her advice has appeared in numerous print, radio, and television features including CNN, People magazine and ABC World News. She writes a regular column, The Parenting Coach, for Allergic Living Magazine and is the author of the best-selling children’s book One of the Gang: Nurturing the Souls of Children with Food Allergies.
Coping with the Diagnosis of Severe Food Allergies
Many individuals and families struggle for years with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, phobias and other mental health issues related to the diagnosis and day-to-day management of food allergies and anaphylaxis. Marte Matthews is very familiar with the challenges and additional stress that a food allergy diagnosis can bring as well as the positive impact of therapeutic support.
Marté will discuss some of the difficulties and struggles children may experience at home, at school, and with friends; when these issues can be addressed at home and when outside help is warranted. She will let participants know the signs and symptoms that professional mental health support is needed as well as some of the wonderful benefits of therapeutic intervention for individuals, children and families.
Marté Matthews, M.A., MFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Director of the Child & Family Counseling Group in San Jose, California. Marté offers psychotherapy for children, teens and their families, particularly with those facing the complex needs associated with serious food allergy. At the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research at Stanford University, she works closely with the team conducting research on cutting-edge treatment for food allergy. Her role is to support children, teens and families in the clinical trials and to address social, emotional and behavioral issues that may arise during the studies. She has both personal and professional knowledge and experience with serious food allergy, including the associated anxiety and food-related or social phobias that may arise for affected families.