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Health Scare

I started this page because I was struggling with my health. I didn't know what was wrong with me and thought that keeping myself busy would help, because raising seven kids I wasn't keeping me busy enough, lol. I was gaining weight for what seemed like no reason, and I just felt terrible. My skin was itchy no matter how much lotion I put on. My hair was thinning, my emotions were all over the place. I was having panic attacks at least once a week if not more. and I was losing my voice for no reason. I assumed some of the symptoms were due to my age and it was now just a part of my life I needed to get used to. I started taking vitamins and exercising more regular. The vitamins did help me feel better and gave me some energy back, but I was still losing my voice and having panic attacks because I didn't know what was wrong with me. I went to the Dr., and they said I was fine it was just a cold. It went on for six months. I was on the phone with my sister one day, (we can talk for hours) and while I was talking to her, I started to have another "episode". She asked me what I was doing. I told her I was sitting in the yard talking to her drinking my afternoon cup of coffee. Side note, I was not always a coffee drinker. I started craving coffee when I was pregnant with my sixth child and never stopped. My husband said I should not have called it coffee because I had so much other stuff in it you could barely taste the coffee. It was 8 ounces of coffee, 8 ounces of mild, Hershey's chocolate syrup, a little brown sugar, and a drop of mint extract. Anyway, she goes you should take an allergy pill now if you have any. I was like why you are making me nervous. She goes you sound like the little girl from the daycare I used to work at that had a severe peanut allergy right before we had to give her an epi pen shot. I listened to her, and I felt so much better! I called to make an appointment with an allergist and got some testing done. Turns out I have a severe allergy to dairy and she prescribed me an epi pen it was so bad and told me good luck! Turns out if you are lactose intolerant and ignore it, it could become a full-blown allergy, wish I knew that sooner. I was like "weird?!" and went home feeling very down, but relived that I finally knew what was wrong with me. I stopped at burger King on my way which is only a couple of mins from my house. Looking at the menu I realized the only thing I could get was F.F. and a drink. I was eating my fries and by the time I parked the car I could feel my throat closing. I ran in the house and took an allergy pill. My sister called and I was now crying because I am now afraid of food. and the cost, and fear of stabbing myself with an epi pen, was too much. I learned that because Burger King deep fries mozzarella sticks in the same oil as the FF I can no longer eat there, or I will have a reaction. Now I know why she told me good luck. That night I went through my pantry and realized I may starve to death dairy is in everything! It's in things that I don't even know why It's in there! It's insane! It's been almost two years now and I am losing all the weight that I had put on and I feel so much better. I am really trying to eat better and learning the hard way how to cook dairy free, it has not been easy. So, this is my journey to getting my family to eat better and enjoy it.
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