Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Home Sweet Home

I cannot believe it has been almost two months since I last blogged! Wow the time is going by so quickly in our new found allergy free world!

I am thrilled to report that Hayden's allergies are 100% gone and he spends most of his days (when not at hockey) riding his bike with friends to get pizza, ice cream or candy. He continually tells me, "Mom this is THE best summer of my life!" Our house has been filled with rowdy boys who are always hungry & I have never been so excited about feeding them all! The possibilities are endless.

Many a summer night we have sat poolside until dusk ordering food and not needing to rush home to cook. There have been just as many nights on my back deck with girlfriends, wine and takeout...a concept that was foreign in our house. The freedom I am experiencing in not having to cook every single meal from scratch is unreal.

I have had endless people e-mail me privately or call me to inquire about how Hayden is doing now that we are home, settled and not seeing Amy (our healer) twice a week. I can tell you he is the happiest, healthiest, sweetest boy I have ever known & I could not be more proud of how hard he worked while we were in Boston. The best gift now is seeing him live a life without more fear when it comes to food. Hands down his favorite food is doughnuts...he practically tears up when he bites into them & says, "I cannot believe how good these taste." As his mama, that's all I need to hear & I too get misty.

My little family did an amazing thing if I say so myself...I have never been so proud...most definitely 'Worth Every Sacrifice.'


"The person who gets farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore." ~Dale Carnegie


  1. Dear Amanda,
    We are in the same boat as you are - similar allergies, similar nightmare and about to see your healer in Lexington, MA. May I ask you couple questions? and I am interested to hear about your son's health now.

    Can you please send private email to below email address:



  2. Hello,

    I got your blog address off of Amy Thieringer's website. My two daughters have been on her wait list for about 2 years, and we've been told our wait will be another 6-9 months. Anyway, I wanted to reach out and ask how things have been with Hayden over the past few years. Has he had any issues with unexpected allergic reactions? I guess I'm just trying to do my diligence before bringing my girls in to meet Amy. Everything I've heard so far has been promising. I can be reached at if you'd like to respond directly. Thank you very much!

  3. Hello Amanda,

    I've read your blog regarding your son's food allergies and the work he's done with Amy. I am so happy for Hayden, you, and your family. I can imagine how FREEING this must be for all of you.
    I'm currently on a wait list (4 years) to see Amy. We live in California and would move out there for the summer to work with her and then continue via phone and periodic in-person visits.
    I love the integration of alternative methods Amy uses with desensitization and have realized she is the only one who performs ART.
    There are private practice doctors across the U.S. that have been doing OIT (oral immunotherapy) for food allergies and it has received much momentum. I feel like it's given many children and their families similar 'freedom' you and Hayden are experiencing. But i wanted to check in and see how things are going 5 years later. I also have some questions I'd love to ask you if you would be willing to answer them for me. My email address is
    I'm trying to decide if I should start my son on OIT with a doctor in California OR wait 4 years to see Amy. My son is 10 years old currently and I'm very concerned about exposure/reaction since he's becoming more 'independent'. I know the teenage years are the most volatile and high risk, so I'm really worried about waiting to start.
    I would love to communicate with you if you wouldn't mind. I'm sure you're very busy and have many people asking you about your/your son's experience and may not have much time to share, but if you could let me know either way, I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thank you,

  4. We just started this process for my son, and I have similar questions regarding now years later, is your son still allergy free?