Living the Food-Allergic Life


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About the Book

If you had an allergy so severe that accidentally eating a forbidden food could kill you in minutes—as you gasp for breath, your throat and tongue swell shut, your blood pressure drops and organs fail—how would it change your life, and your relationship to food? For people with food-induced anaphylaxis, the severest form of allergic response, simply eating in restaurants, accepting invitations to dinner, going on overnight field trips, or traveling through foreign countries means facing one’s mortality with every meal.
In this book, Mark S. Ferrara weaves history, science, and psychology to recount the story of his struggles with allergic asthma and a life-threatening allergy to nuts—and his difficulties living and working in the Far East and Near East—to show how the quest for self-actualization can lead to an acceptance of transience that borders on the mystical. Along the way, he guides parents in keeping food-allergic children safe at home and at school and offers strategies that adolescents and adults may use to negotiate social spaces involving food. He explains how survivors of anaphylaxis can cope with the sometimes-irrational fears of food that follow that traumatic experience, so they may live happy, healthy, meaningful lives.

About the Author(s)

Mark S. Ferrara is an associate professor of English at State University of New York.

Bibliographic Details

Mark S. Ferrara
Foreword by Peter F. Torrisi, M.D.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 163
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9143-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4928-3
Imprint: Toplight

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Foreword by Peter F. Torrisi, M.D. 1
Preface 3
Chapter One: Dancing with Anaphylaxis 5
Chapter Two: Departures into the Unknown 41
Chapter Three: All Fears Great and Small 58
Chapter Four: Upon Others, Our Lives Depend 88
Conclusion: “To Live Is to Live with Death All the Time” 110
Chapter Notes 131
Works Cited 143
Index 153