I think particularly within the parenting niche and related sub niches it is amazing to be surrounded by so many people who truly ‘get it’. Parenting can be a really isolating, so having a village or a tribe around you is always beneficial. I’m so comforted knowing that there are other bloggers who feel the same way as me – people who are also up at 3 am trying to get things done, writing blog posts during nap time and juggling blogging life around their family life too. Having people to bounce ideas off, people to hold you up when things go wrong, and people to turn to when you need some support helps immensely while you navigate this online world and try to make a go of it.
As a parent and allergy blogger I think this is even more true of the parenting allergy community, where parents can really truly empathise with each other about all of the related worries, fears, hopes and dreams. Reading posts from other parents of children with allergies, knowing that what you’re feeling is normal, or what you’re going through will pass – it helps you cope. Reading posts about new allergen free recipes or supermarket finds, or new ideas about how to cope with free from life – it honestly makes a huge difference. We support each other through the bad bits and we celebrate with each other through the good ones.
Over the next few months I want to use this Round-up post to celebrate the allergy community, and shout out to the free from gang. Each post will highlight one blogger; including a little bit of their story, some of my favourite posts of theirs, and of course all of their social links so you can find them and give them a follow!
This month I want to start with someone I’m lucky enough to know personally, someone who helped me begin all of this blogging stuff in the first place, and someone who has shown me so much kindness in the past. This is also someone who I’m sure has touched the hearts of many other allergy bloggers, so I’m sure you will all agree that she is the perfect person to start with. Chloe from Just the Three of Us (formerly The Adventures of an Allergy Mummy which you may have known her as!) is truly an angel. She is mum to Theo and Mia, and a parenting, lifestyle and health blogger and vlogger. Those who have followed Chloe for a while will know that Theo has suffered with a variety of serious allergies, and Chloe has brought me to tears on more than one occasion with her accounts of their experiences as they navigated through it all. Recently Theo has begun to outgrow his allergies, which is amazing news for Chloe and her family, and has provided hope to every single one of her readers which is an incredible thing to be able to do.
Chloe isn’t afraid to tackle difficult topics, and has written honestly about the challenging side of life with allergies, and how it has affected her mental health. I loved Depression, Motherhood and Allergies which talks about how difficult it all really can be. Letter to My Daughter is another honest and emotional post, acknowledging the impacts allergies can have on non-allergic siblings. She has also written some really helpful and informative posts, like Allergy Testing, What Does it All Mean? and Money Saving Tips For Those On A Free From Diet which are all brilliantly insightful and full of useful tips and information. And then there are my favourite posts, the ones that fill my heart and plenty more with hope and good feelings for the future, the ones that have documented Theo’s allergy journey coming to an end as he outgrows allergy after allergy. Reading Dairy Allergy Be Gone as a fellow allergy mum was an amazing thing to read, and a new update from Chloe – Life After Allergies has made me so emotional again. As the parent of a child with food allergies, your biggest wish is that one day it’ll be over, one day it will all be a distant memory and they’ll tuck into the same food as all of their friends. Because when something like ice cream could previously have killed your child, when you’ve watched them miss out too many times, when you’ve hovered over them and worried about everything they touch for so long, all you really want is for it to end. Imagining Theo tucking into that Mr. Whippy, and knowing how Chloe must’ve really felt, well I’m sure we can all agree how amazing it really is.
Chloe, you’ve done so much for those with allergies and those who have children with allergies. You have built a community and provided endless information and support. You are an inspiration to many of us and a great friend to many more, so thank you for everything that you do.