Thursday, January 13, 2011
Will food allergies limit you?
Reading about Tom Poti, defenseman for the Washington Capitals, and his food allergies has put me in a thoughtful mood. His relaxed attitude about the food around him at a luncheon, and his comments to his interviewer, demonstrate exactly what I hope Sophie can feel as she grows up with food allergies. It is clear from the article that he has a strong support system within his family and in his professional life. The thing that stands out the most, however, is that he is a professional sports player. His food allergies did not prevent him from pursuing what must have been a dream for him. Nor should they! But I have the sense that they could. It seems that the time and energy involved with food allergies could interfere with other pursuits, or that food allergies could affect a child's self-esteem or comfort in social settings to a degree that might limit pursuit of a dream. Congratulations to Poti's mom and other support people for giving him the tools he needed. And most of all, congratulations to Poti for living your life, your way!