The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) held it’s 15th Annual Food Allergy Conference in Rosemont, Illinois on May 10, 2008. My friend Sheree’ and I attended the conference together and had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Scott Sicherer (a celebrity in our eyes!), who as one of the speakers talked about Food Allergy Fundamentals and Beyond, Anaphylaxis: What to Do!, and Recent Advances in Research. His quirky sense of humor kept everyone chuckling throughout his lectures. Other speakers included Sally Noone, R.N., M.S.N. (Participating in Research Studies), Debbie Scherrer (Who’s Afraid of Epinephrine?), Chris Weiss (Advocating for Change), as well as a couple of parents and teens talking about their perspectives.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being in a large roomful of people who completely understand your fears, hopes, and dreams in regards to your child’s food allergies. Whether your family has been dealing with allergies for years or has just recently received a new diagnosis, I highly recommend attending this conference!