There are many medical issues that strip you of your soul, turn your world upside down and can quite possibly change your life forever. I count my blessings each day that my nearest and dearest currently do not suffer with such. But living with mild/moderate health issue’s is gruelling, truth be told some day’s it feels nigh on impossible.
In this household we accumulate quite a number of health issue’s between us, of all of them it is the multiple allergies Theo suffers with that have changed our lives the most. In many way’s negatively, but not all. Just lately I’ve been thinking about what we’ve learnt from life with allergies, the positive impact they have had and what allergies have taught me about myself and my children.
Chia? Flax? Such words were foreign to me 4 years ago, I knew next to nothing about nutrition or ‘super foods’. Life with allergies has provided me with such an abundance of knowledge about food, it’s been truly fascinating. Chia seeds, cacao and flax seeds are a store cupboard staple here now.
Our diets have changed completely, I used to live off KFC, pizza’s and pot noodles. My go-to quick dinner for Mia was usually nugget shaped with some basic easy cook veg and chips. I was naive to the damage a diet like that could do. These day’s my slow cooker is my best friend, I spend more money on fruit and vegetables than anything else. I’m proud to say that I can actually cook now, not the freezer stash quick oven bake type cooking, proper cooking with real foods.
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have” – Bob Marley.
The strength my three-year old has astounds me, his bravery is inspiring. He is regularly poked and prodded and pierced with needle’s, he can’t run around like other children and has had more near death experiences than most kid’s his age. I look at him now, laughing with his sister, being silly and playful. His health issue’s aren’t completely visible, but for those who know him his courage is.
If it wasn’t for allergies, I may have never seen his inner strengths. Life with allergies has tested us all, but it has made us strong, it has made him fierce. That little boy could teach many adults what it mean’s to really suffer, make them see that they should never ever take simple things for granted.
We are who we are today because of the journey we have been on – every cloud has a silver lining.