Another Resolved Peanut Allergy

The events of today come with very mixed emotion. There is great joy in Griffin’s household – the fear and trepidation regarding peanut allergy has been resolved. The young man underwent a successful peanut challenge today. He will now eat peanut products 3 or more days per week to stay tolerant to peanuts. We used the UKnow test for peanut allergy to help guide the decision to offer a peanut challenge to someone who had a significant reaction perhaps 9 years ago. We have been following his peanut specific antibody levels almost yearly. The family shared their nervousness about the challenge and the young man was so well trained by his family that it took some coaxing to get things going. Needless to say, we were all nervous, but the controlled clinical environment of IU Health North helped knowing we had support if it was needed.

By eliminating his peanut allergy, the food allergy community, and the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is at risk for losing a significant fund raiser for the cause. Each year at the Indianapolis Food Allergy Walk, Griffin is the top if not near the top in fund raising.

My worry was what will happen with his fund raising activities now that he has resolved his food allergy.

After sharing my concerns, the family and Griffin assure me that they will continue to be supporters and will continue their efforts for other children with food allergies, all in hopes that someday they will join him in being now tolerant to their culprit food. After all,  his and his families fund-raising efforts have helped further research in food allergy. It was not that many years ago that we thought that peanut allergy was a life-long condition. Funded projects, support by FAAN and their membership has helped change that dogma.

A warm thank you to Griffin, his family, and all who continue to support efforts like FAAN. Thank you also for your committment to continue to make a difference.

FEL (10-3-12)

October 3, 2012 · fleickly · One Comment
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  1. Jen P. - October 6, 2012

    What a story of encouragement to those of us with highly allergic kiddos! Thanks for sharing.