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This is a funny story about how I discovered I had a stalker and not just any old stalker. This stalker was trying to find out more about me and wanted to meet me too.

My sister is the one who finally connected me with my stalker. We have now met and are now in touch about various allergy and blog related things.

But we’re jumping ahead.

It happened when my sister was chatting to a couple of friends. She lives in Enfield which is quite a way from where I live, so we don’t share many mutual friends.

This is how the conversation went…

Stalker: I have been following this amazing blog and I really want to meet the lady who writes it.

Sister: My sister writes a blog. Which blog are you talking about.

Stalker: What Allergy. It’s so brilliant and has helped me so much with my allergies. Better than any doctor has.

Sister: Oh no way. That’s my sister.

Stalker: Not your sister Ruth. Ruth Holroyd.

Sister: My sister IS Ruth Holroyd.

Stalker: No. I mean THE Ruth Holroyd. Not your sister Ruth. The Ruth Holroyd who writes What Allergy.

Sister: It is my sister. Ruth Holroyd who writes What allergy blog is MY sister.

Stalker: No. What?

Sister: Laughing

Stalker: Really? Your sister is THE Ruth Holroyd?

Sister: ROFL

Everyone in the room: ROFL

Stalker: Oh my word! I have to meet her. Can you ask your sister if she’ll meet me?

Sister: ROFL

Stalker: Stop laughing. Snigger. Giggle. ROFL

Everyone and Stalker: ROFL

Sister: My sister, THE Ruth Holroyd is going to love this when I tell her.

You will be pleased to know what I have now met my stalker and she’s lovely. Samina has a child with allergies and one without any; I still don’t know how that happens, the body is a very clever and complex machine.

Samina herself has allergies so she lives with them day-to-day and struggles just like everyone else. I am hoping to have a cookery lesson with her soon and my lovely sister too. She teaches freefrom cookery and is working on a tomato free curry sauce experiment for me.

We have some exciting plans afoot which you’ll hear about soon but I am proud of my stalker. I’ll get a photo next time we meet, which was due to be last week but due to illness we have postponed.

Samina, my stalker is lovely. ?

And apart from a few times being spotted at The Allergy Show this is a new thing for me. Being famous. I think I quite like it. I know stalking can be a serious thing so I don’t want to downplay the more sinister and disturbing side of stalking in any way.

I just thought you’d all enjoy a laugh.
Before I apologise for not blogging much lately. I’ve been so busy and this blog is a hobby so it’s been kind of neglected. I have so much still to share and so many blog ideas so bear with me.

Blogs pending and I’ve got loads to tell you all.

Bows to adoring fans ?



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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