I grew up in a few different countries, it’s therefore important to me that Aars sees other parts of the world. I also wanted him to know from an early age that allergy, and the risk of anaphylaxis, need not inhibit his life. So I went for it! If he could travel, he could do anything! Live life to the max.
Travelling opens our minds, expands our knowledge and awareness, importantly for us it also provides perspective. Yes, Aars is very unlucky to have gone into anaphylactic shock four times – but unlike some of the children we met in Malawi, he has clothes, he has education, he has clean water, sanitation and he has readily available food.
Every time we travelled, Aars came home more confident and aware of all the good in his world. He can feel like the odd one out – the only one in his primary school who has to carry his meds all the time, the only one who can’t have the birthday chocolates the other children bring in for the class…
As a result of travelling, he knows that there are greater things which make us different, there is a whole world out there with unique children spread across it.
Travel is a huge confidence builder – Aars knew if he could go on Safari in Malawi he could do the school trip, staying at the outward-bound centre and being responsible for his food for four days and three nights. He knows that if he survived the journey to the oasis in the Sahara he can survive the school coach trip to France this year. (I add to this the new knowledge that although Aars may be confident to travel and take responsibility for himself, the school governors are not willing to give him that opportunity, I have to tag along too…sigh)
I want to share some little tips on living with anaphylaxis with you, and am happy to answer any questions you may have as we have ten+ years experience and you may be new to the world of food allergy and anaphylaxis.