Sandra Beasley: "Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life"

Sandra Beasley: "Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life"

An award-winning poet intertwines her personal experience as "Allergy Girl" with a cultural history of food allergies. She explains why people with food allergies don't have to be victims, but must learn to navigate the world in a different way.

Twelve million Americans suffer from food allergies, with reactions ranging from annoying itch to death. The incidence of multiple food allergies is on the rise. We all know someone with a food allergy, but misunderstandings abound. New mothers get conflicting advice on when to feed children peanuts. Someone who thinks he is allergic to milk, might just be missing the enzyme to digest lactose. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But one woman with more than a dozen food allergies says those who suffer don't have to be victims. Diane and her guest discuss how to live and thrive with food allergies.

Guests

Sandra Beasley

author and poet

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Excerpt from "Please Don't Kill the Birthday Girl" by Sandra Beasley. Copyright 2011 by Sandra Beasley. Excerpted here by kind permission of Crown:

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