Mylan Summit 2014 Reflections-Part I

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What an inspiring trip to Mylan Specialty I had this past weekend!  I was ever so humbled to be included in a boardroom filled to the brim with absolutely amazing, respectable women and food allergy bloggers.  Thank you to Mylan for inviting me to this outstanding meeting where we, as bloggers, could come together and do our best to change the food allergy world for the better.

Mylan’s motto is Seeing is Believing.  This is what I saw and this is what I believe….

Food allergy moms are strong.  Very strong.

Food allergy moms are vulnerable and our heart is entangled in our work as bloggers.

Food allergies stress us out, but advocacy and friendship give us hope and bring us together.

Food allergy moms want to spread the word about how important it is to carry and use an Epi-pen.

Food allergies are steadily on the rise, and we’re hoping for a cure.

We are…..

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If those of us that sat around the boardroom table could stand up, join hands, make a rope Red Rover style, and cross this country, I think we could make some huge waves in the food allergy community.  That’s exactly what we’re going to strive to do…one blog post at a time.  One support group meeting at a time.  One 504 at a time.  One tweet and post at a time.  One Mylan Summit at at time.

Stay tuned for a new post outlining the nitty gritty of the topics covered, who was there, and what we talked about.

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**I disclose in any communication made by me about EpiPen (epinephrine) Auto-Injector and/or the Mylan Specialty Blogger Summit that such communication is at my own discretion and based on my own opinion.  I also disclose that my travel expenses were compensated by Mylan Specialty in exchange for evaluation and feedback on information presented during the meeting.

 

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Valentine’s Day and Food Allergies

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I’m sure as some of you read this you’re wondering if your child is staying safe at the Valentine’s Day party at school.  I don’t know that feeling, as we are planning on homeschooling at this point.  I can’t imagine the stress many food allergy parents go through on holidays and during the class parties that MUST, according to many parents, go on.  I like to have fun and celebrate, but let’s face it, I think Valentine’s Day has gotten out of hand, and the whole purpose of showing ones love has gotten so materialized it’s hardly about love anymore.  So what do people want out of V-Day anyway, and what’s the skinny on all the cards, chocolate, and flowers?  Mylan, the makers of Epi-pen, released some interesting myths and facts about V-Day, and I find them interesting.  Read on to see how well you know Valentine’s Day facts.  (Click on graphic for larger view)

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 Myth or Fact: Valentine’s Day is the most popular occasion for sending greeting cards

Myth! According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 145 million greeting cards will be bought for Valentine’s Day, making it the second most-popular card-sending occasion in the U.S. Christmas is the most popular.

 Myth or Fact: Everyone loves to get a box of chocolates

Myth! For people who have potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies, getting a box of chocolate might not be a welcome gift. Many chocolates may contain some of the most common food allergens like cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.

 Myth or Fact: The average adult spends more than $100 to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Fact! The average adult celebrating the holiday will shell out $126.03, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2012 Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions survey.

 Myth or Fact: More than half of people purchased flowers or plants as gifts for Valentine’s Day 2013

Myth! Twenty-five percent of adults purchased flowers or plants as gifts for Valentine’s Day 2013; of those, 64% were men and 36% were women, according to AboutFlowers.com.

 Myth or Fact: You can experience a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) from a kiss

Fact! It is possible to experience a life-threatening allergic reaction if you kiss someone who has eaten something to which you are allergic. Your best bet is to ask your loved one to stay away from your allergens before you pucker up.

What special things are you going to do to love the food allergic person in your life?  I suggest making safe treats for them like Chocolate Sunbutter S’mores Dip, homemade bread, or chocolate cake.  Whatever you do, keep it real, connect with the ones you love, read every label, and carry your Epi-pen.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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