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Pittsburgh Food Allergy Teen Summit

A fun afternoon of connecting, sharing, and learning for teens and tweens with food allergies ages 11 – 19, and their parents.
*No siblings please, in attempt to have enough space for the food allergic teens.

Topics include:
When and how to use the Epinephrine Auto-injector (e.g. EpiPen®, Auvi-Q®)
Ask the allergist (for teens and parents)
Managing anxiety in teens and adults
Parenting tips and tricks for teens and tweens
How to read a label
Living well with food allergies: travel, friends, fun
What every teen wants their parent to know
Dating and kissing with food allergies*
(*Requires parent approval for attendance, there will be an optional track during this session)
Featured speakers:

Todd Green, MD – Allergist, Vice President of Medical Affairs at DBV Technologies and Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology at Children’s Hosptial of Pittsburgh UPMC
Kyle Dine – Internationally known food allergy educator and entertainer
Kate Parker – Epi-Life Support Group, Founder
Gina Clowes – National Director of Training, FARE, Parenting Coach
More information:

The event will feature three separate tracks:
Pre-teen/young teen
Older teen/young adult
Parents are not permitted to attend the teen sessions.

No food will be served at the event.
Please do not bring or register siblings or children younger than age 11. Material is not suitable for younger children.
There is limited capacity and we anticipate this event will sell out quickly.
Refunds are available until April 30th.
This project was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)

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My Pet Peeve – The Mom Shush

OK, before you begin reading too much of this post, I’m going to start off by stating, that these are my personal thoughts. I warn you because what I’m about to say goes against every political correctness seminar you’ve taken. My biggest pet-peeve as a medically needy mom is when someone IGNORES the obvious. If […]

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Birthdays Are For Celebrating Life!

Everyone’s birthday is a big deal, but as a special needs mom, my son’s birthday is just a little bit extra special to me! If you have read, my other post on this site, you’ll know I have the honor to be Nate’s mom! When he turned one, I had a huge Winter-ONE-derland birthday party […]

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Nurse Love

Thank You to The Nurse…

I feel honored that I get to write a post about nursing on National Nurse Awareness Day. I’m not going to lie, I even traded post dates with another blogger so that I could write about some of my favorite real life super heroes!! My son Nathan, who has CHARGE syndrome, a rare genetic syndrome, […]

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