chapter  5
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Mastering the fear of life-threatening food allergies

Matt’s story
WithLizbeth A. Moses

For a child with life-threatening food allergies, growing up and reaching adulthood implies a gradual assumption of responsibility for keeping oneself alive in a world that can present deadly risks on a daily basis. But this transition isn’t always smooth. In this essay, as the author’s son embarks on college, the family negotiates a traumatic episode and learns new ways of managing this challenging condition.