There are many parents, teachers and allergists that are speaking up for children with food allergies today. There are many more resources available now, such as the internet, FARE, cookbooks focusing on dietary restrictions, as well as celebrities bringing attention to our cause, and much more. I am grateful for how far we have come! Food allergies are much more prevalent now than when Sloane Miller or I were kids. Sloane is the author of Allergic Girl. A great book for anyone new to the allergy world or even a veteran, like me! I enjoyed it so much I bought three copies for family and friends. I highly recommend it, especially if you are trying to get a loved one up to speed on the realities to living with allergies. I had a chance to sit down with her and discuss how she handles her allergies on a day-to-day basis living in New York. – Tarah
Tarah – What’s your professional background?
Sloane: I’m a licensed psychotherapeutic social worker since 2000 and I’ve working in the field for 20 years. I also have had food allergies my entire life (anaphylactic to tree nuts and salmon). I live a very full life and I am committed to helping other people with food allergies do the same.
Tarah -What does your company do/what is the mission of your company and what services do you offer?
Sloane: Allergic Girl Resources, Inc. provides advocacy, counseling and consulting to empower individuals with food allergies and their families to engage in the world safely, effectively, and joyously.
Tarah- What is you best piece of advice for people newly diagnosed with food allergies?
Sloane: After always carrying your emergency medication including an epinephrine auto injector, be patient with yourself and your loved ones. There is a lot to learn and there will be mistakes.
Tarah- What are your interests outside of your work/what gives you joy?
Sloane: In the last two weeks: I performed musical improv with my team at the Queen Secret Improv Club. I was at a press preview of the Henri Matisse Cut-Outs exhibit at MOMA (beyond incredible). I saw the star-studded cast of the revival of Broadway’s “It’s Only A Play” including Nathan Lane who stole the show. I also saw gorj Daniel Sanjata in Broadway’s “The Country House”, who is even cuter in real life. I went to hear my friend friend Mike McGinnis wail on the jazz clarinet for his album release. I cheered my bestie Isabel Rose as she rocked her album release party. I heard the words of MFA colleague’s David Ryan’s first collection of stories. I also went to the release of publishing colleague Brian Morton’s newest novel, “Florence Gordon”. And just for fun, I created a nautical themed photo wall in my apartment. There’s always time for creation and art and not one of those events involved food allergies!
Tarah- Sloane thank you for taking the time to speak with me and our readers! I know they will enjoy this as much as I have. I am also glad that you are sharing my views on the above topics on your site.
Author: Tarah Jakubiak
After working for 20 years in the corporate world, Tarah Jakubiak founded Allergic Traveler. Jakubiak, president of Allergic Traveler has traveled the world since the age of two. She has been to 24 countries and 26 states. Jakubiak has been to all inclusives, gone on cruises, gone camping; backpacking through Europe, gone to the big cities, and little hidden gems. She has multiple food allergies but it does not stop her from seeing the world. Jakubiak is allergic to eggs, nuts, mushroom, soy, garlic, corn, sesame, potatoes, celery, shellfish, chicken, pork, peanuts, and many fruits. She is originally from Montreal, Quebec and now lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband.