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⁣Archie’s Allergies Is Now 1 Whole Year Old! Although It Wasn’t Created When Archie Was First Diagnosed But After Many Many Issues We Faced As A Family Whilst Trying To Navigate An Allergy Life. ⁣⁣

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One Of The Most Memorable Moments Was When Archie’s School Decided It Was In Their Best Interest To Bring In Un-Hatched Chicks For The Majority Of The Children Regardless That This Would Fully Isolate Archie & Put Him At An Increased Risk Of Anaphylaxis. ⁣⁣

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We Gave Them Letters From The Consultants & Even The Farm They Were Getting Them From Advised It Was The School That Would Be Solely Taking The Risk, Responsibility & They Didn’t Want Any Part In The Matter. ⁣⁣

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After Another Conversation About Them Not Doing This Activity Or What Archie Could Be Doing Instead Of It Became Apparent What His Then Teachers Seen Archie As, ‘Our Special Boy’ ⁣⁣

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He Isn’t Special Actually He’s Just Like Everyone Else Apart From Being Deadly Allergic To Egg, Nuts, Peanuts & Dogs! This Comment, ‘Our Special Boy Has Haunted Me Ever Since, Archie Doesn't Like Attention, To Learn They Were Treating Him Like He Had A Disease Pained Me. Yet Their Attitudes To Include Him Were Always Non-Existent.

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The School Continuously Put Archie In Danger Because The Teachers Felt Like It, They Felt Like Their Judgment Overruled An Allergy Consultants & That They Knew Better. But They Didn’t & They Really Still Don’t. ⁣⁣

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Huge Huge Huge Lies & Cover Ups, Even From The School Nurse That The Headteacher Had Even Stated They Were Following Her Advice But Her Comments Were:

‘I Don’t Know What All The Fuss Is About’ ...

‘I’ve Never Known Any Parents Not Eat Eggs Or Nuts Just Because Their Kid Is Allergic’ ...

‘But Your Stopping All The Other Kids Having Fun’ ... ⁣⁣

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... But How Dare I Want My Own Child To Feel Included & Not Terrified. The Truth Was She Hadn’t Even Spoken To The School & When The Blame Was Put On Her, She Soon Backtracked. ⁣⁣School Nurses Are Meant To Be Point Of Contacts From The Hospitals To Support Children & Their Families And Our School Nurse Is Couldn't Understand Why I Didn't Want The Whole School Brining In Eggs To Decorate. I Am Awful Aren't I.

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Then There Is The ‘Famous’ Photo Of Archie Sitting Next To The Chicks, A Photo I Will Never EVER Forget. We Actually Keep It On Our Fridge As A Reminder Of Why We Started The Archie’s Allergies Charity. ⁣⁣

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All The Children Were Able To Hold The Chicks Because, Well Why Not? I Attended The Same Primary School As Archie, With The Same Headteacher & I Have Memories Of Seeing Chicks Inside Incubators Outside The Big Hall And I Imagine Many Others Do Too. But Poor Arch, He Was So Scared, Even Though The Chicks Were In The Incubator, His Face Says It All. ⁣⁣

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This Isn’t A Happy Child, This Is A Child With Severe Anxiety That These Chicks Were About To Kill Him, This Is A Child That’s Gone Through 2 Weeks Off Turmoil Over CHICKS In His Classroom, A Child That Just Wants To Be Included In This ‘Educational Activity’, A Child That Has Seen His Friends Enjoying This Time & Him Thinking He’ll Die Just From The Site Of Them!

All He Wanted Was To Feel Just Like Everyone Else, Excited, Included & Safe ... Like EVERYONE ELSE. ⁣⁣

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I Took My Complaints To The Board Of Governors & They Backed The Headteacher, So What Was A Mother To Do? ⁣⁣

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Anything To Do With Archie’s Allergies Was Always Talked About In Secret & We Could Never Be Vocal About Them. ⁣⁣Archie Didn't Have A Voice And Mine Was Being Silenced & Ignored.

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So I’d Had Enough, I Think I Actually Broke Into Tiny Little Pieces, Id Been Defeated By People That Still Had No Clue About The Impact They Were Making On Not Just Me Or Us As A Family But This Then 6 Year Old Little Boy, His Mental State.

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They Talk About Taking 5 Minutes Out In The ‘Reading/Quiet Corner’ But The Anxiety & Stress It Caused Archie, At 6 Years Old He Couldn’t Trust His Own Teachers & He’d Lived It, Felt It & Went Through It. ⁣⁣

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I REFUSED To Have Archie Feel This Way Ever Again, Something That Went Against Not Just My Wishes But MEDICAL ADVICE, I Had To Do Something, No One Else Was Going To Save The Allergy Day, I Had To Become His Voice, The Big Bad Allergy Voice, The Realest, The Allergy Extremist That I Like To Call Myself 🤣⁣⁣

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I Started A Petition With The UK Parliament But There Was A Similar Petition Already Being Started, So I Concentrated On Becoming A Charity, Thinking Of Things We Could Provide That Was Child Friendly, This Is When We Started Designing Badges & Stickers In The Form Of A Speech Bubble Because It Gave Children Their Allergy Voice As I Put It & Building A Source For Other Families Going Through Exactly The Same As Us. Then I Went To The Welsh Assembly When The Main Petition Calling For Change Wasn’t Moving Forward & I Was Overwhelmed With The Positive Feedback From Them & Their Understanding Of Why I Was Doing This. ⁣⁣

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And So We’re Here, Evolving & Growing To The Needs Of Our Community For All The Other Children Isolated By Anyone That Despite Being Educated On Allergies, DECIDES That They Know Better & Allergies Aren’t Important Or Serious, But When You Witness The Life Being Sucked Out Of A Child Because They’ve Come Into Contact With Something As Stupid As Food You Soon Realise That Change Is Needed. ⁣⁣


I Am Very Passionate About Making Sure Archie And Children Just Like Him Get The Same Treatment & Fairness As Anyone Else. I Feel Very Strongly About Normalising The Conversation Around Food Allergies & That's Another Reason Why We Use The Speech Bubble Symbol As Our Logo. Why Is The World Allowing The Down Playing Of Such A Serious Medical Condition Such As Food Allergies, You Can't See Food Allergies ... Until It's Too Late.




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