Over on EnduringtheSilence.com I completed this same prompt, with a quote that is very near and dear to my heart. But here, I thought I would share with you a quote that inspired me recently to take a leap into a new project.
For years I have dealt with allergies on some level or another. Eventually my allergies became extremely severe. I hate them. I hate the impact they have on my life and the lives of those near and dear to me. And I hate talking about them.
But…I can’t resist trying to help someone if they need it. So many times in recent years I have found myself trying to assist others who are “newbies” to the world of allergies. Sometimes it is an adult, but often times it is a parent – trying to manage their young child’s allergies when they have no clue how to do so, and some of them aren’t getting much advice from their child’s doctors on how to manage things.
Management and the creation of a healthy, preventative lifestyle, is extremely important for both health and safety. I cannot bear to hear of a child that is screaming and crying all the time or itching all the time, because of allergies that the parent just has not been educated on how to manage.
For at least 5 years people have been trying to get me to write about allergies. When I started my first blog (the nature blog), people said, “You should be doing an allergy blog.”
When I started DorkyDeb people said, “Are you going to talk about allergies there?” I said, “Probably not.” They said, “Why?” I said, “Because I hate talking about allergies. Allergies take up enough of my life already. The last thing I want to think about when I get online, is allergies.”
When I started EnduringTheSilence, a blog about autism, I got the same flack….”When are you going to write about allergies?” And my response was, “Probably never.”
Some people told me, “Do you realize how much you helped me? You could help a lot more people too.” Admittedly, that one made me feel bad. I do like helping people. And I do know that adequate informational resources for those with multiple severe allergies, are few and far between. But I still didn’t want to talk about it. It’s not fun being the freak that became allergic to so many things. It’s bad enough I have to explain that situation to the people that I do, I don’t want to talk about that with the world.
But then one day I was listening to one of my favorite preachers, Joyce Meyer, and she was talking about taking what appears like a negative in your life and working it into something good – something to help other people. Have you ever had one of those moments when a sermon really hit home? Well… that was how I felt that day.
Turn your mess, into your message.
- Joyce Meyer
So I did. My mess is now my message. Just in time for spring, I launched AllergicLifestyle.com a new site devoted completely to allergies, asthma, sensitivities and related issues. There I hope to share what has helped me, and share the mountain of research I have to do on a regular basis just to get products that I can use safely in day-to-day life. What works for me, may not work for someone else, but… if it works for someone as extremely sensitive as I am, then there is a fairly good chance that it’s likely a good place for someone else to start looking for something that will work for them. I spend countless hours on the phone with companies trying to find products for myself, my home, and my family that are completely latex-free. A feat that is far more challenging than you might ever guess. And I plan to share that information as well.
I am just getting it started, and probably won’t have time to kick things into high-gear over there until June. But I am excited about it now. I know how incredibly frustrating those issues are for me, and if I can maybe help someone else’s life be a little bit easier, or help give a voice to an allergic baby too young to speak, then I will have done a good thing and I will consider the blog a success.