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AtopicGirl

About AtopicGirl

I developed eczema within a few days after my birth and from the ages of nine to 17, I began to develop other atopic conditions, environmental, animal and food allergies, including eggs, dairy, shellfish and some nuts. Now, in my 30s, I have a good handle on everything, but I’m always trying to see how I can make things better by living a healthier lifestyle. My background includes public relations and healthcare communications. So, I use my skills to share my atopic and allergic experiences on my blog – Atopic Girl’s Guide to Living, with the goal of helping allergic and atopic teens and adults, since growing up and dealing with allergies and atopy is a lesson in itself. I also microblog on Twitter @AtopicGirl It's not just about figuring out what to eat. It's about finding out how to live well!

It’s Time to Advocate for Eczema

10Dec

This has been adapted from an early draft of a speech I wrote for the Eczema Society of Canada’s Patient Education event in Toronto in November 2012. I ended up giving a different talk, but still felt attached to this … Continue reading

  

AtopicGirl’s Little Secret

5Nov

First, I will apologize for my absence. I’ve moved a couple times and my time has been taken up with new jobs (yes, plural) and a lot of volunteer work. The latter is the point of this post. Over a … Continue reading

  

Thanksgiving and Thankfulness

8Oct

I know Thanksgiving is a North American thing and just to fragment that a little bit more, Canadian Thanksgiving is over a month before American Thanksgiving. Personally, that works well for us since coast-to-coast, Canada is stunning in autumn. Yup, … Continue reading

  

101 Ways to Prevent Asthma, Allergies, Eczema and Hayfever

24Sep

Okay, if you got here because you think I’m going to offer you advice on how to prevent anything, I’m not. The title is entirely facetious. If you’ve read my blog, you know that I don’t believe in cures for … Continue reading

  

Atopic Girl’s Weekend Off!

10Sep

Being an “atopic” girl doesn’t mean that I just think about allergies and atopy all day long. Honestly, I don’t think about it all that much. Labour Day weekend was a great example of how I integrate the fact that … Continue reading

  

Allergies, Atopy and Television

27Aug

I’ve written a post with my PR cap on. This time, I’m writing it with my media cap on since I have a ridiculous amount of media education. I find it interesting whenever I see a character on television or … Continue reading

  

Easy, Allergy-friendly Chili Burritos

20Aug

I promise I’m not going to make a habit of posting recipes, but this one was just too easy. It’s a bit of a non-recipe, since I’m not going through all the steps, but I loved the result I got … Continue reading

  

Vocal Lessons, the Olympics and Asthma

13Aug

Well, the Olympics is finished, the Paralympics is about to begin and I am only two weeks of singing lessons away from singing at a wedding. Since you’re probably asking what an international amateur sport competition has to do with … Continue reading

  

10-ish Things Allergic & Atopic People Don’t Want to Hear

30Jul

If you read my blog, you know I’ve had allergies and atopy for a very long time. So, I’ve had to tell a lot of people about my conditions. This has certainly become easier as I’ve gotten older, but there … Continue reading

  

Keeping Cool With Eczema

23Jul

I’ll be honest. Summer has never been one of my favourite seasons. I’m not a big fan of heat in general. I have no reason to tan, since I’ve got a built-in self-tanner. Most importantly, I have eczema. My skin … Continue reading

  

Why You Should Eat Foods Your Allergic Child Can’t

16Jul

An Atopic Girl’s Perspective on “Disordered Eating” This post was inspired by reading yet another amazing post by the Allergist Mom: “My Disordered Eating“. Essentially, the question is do you avoid eating food your child is allergic to? Part of … Continue reading

  

Why You Need to Know More than an ER Doc

9Jul

This post was inspired by a conversation with some great people who work for an amazing allergy-related social profit organization Canada. At one point, we discussed the misconceptions and misinformation that even some medical professionals have about anaphylaxis. I’ve certainly … Continue reading

  

Atopy and Ocular Conditions

18Jun

Why Your Optometrist Should Know That You’re Atopic Before I continue, I would like stress that nothing you read here should cause you to stop using your medications as prescribed. I am not a medical professional and I am not … Continue reading

  

Allergies, Atopy and Health Care Reform: Why You Should Care

1Jun

I’ve written about why public relations matters for atopic and allergic people. This post will deal with why allergic and atopic people need to get involved with government relations, specifically health care policy. While this post is about the future … Continue reading