Friday, December 31, 2010

A New Year's Thank You!

I hope everyone has enjoyed these last days of December and the many holiday events that fill the calendar this time of year.  I also hope that everyone has stayed safe and healthy.  Is it too much to also hope that everyone spent the holidays stress free and not in the least bit worried about the safety of their peanut allergic child?

I must admit that due to our participation in the peanut clinical trial at Duke, my worries have been a lot less than in previous years.  Knowing that Abigail is on the actual peanut protein drops and that she flew through the food challenge like a champ alleviates a great deal of the worry.  I was still diligent in checking ingredients, I still packed a few safe party food alternatives for those family gatherings, I still volunteered for her class Christmas party and even made sure I was the one signed up to bring the sugar cookies to decorate and I still had to comfort the disappointment when a few really scrumptious looking desserts had to be passed up on because of ingredients that might be subject to cross-contamination.  But, the worry of who was eating what where wasn't always in the back of my mind, and there were no hurt feelings when a hostess hadn't taken her allergy into consideration.

So, here on the last day of the year 2010, I wanted to take a minute and thank everyone at the Duke Clinical Research Unit that have made it possible for us to be on this journey.  Our family is so very grateful for this opportunity.  I also wanted to thank our family and friends that have supported us with many prayers, hours of childcare for our 3 year old and their overall interest in Abigail's progress.  Lastly, I wanted to thank you, my wonderful readers, that have been so generous in your comments, well wishes, blessings and e-mails.  I can't possibly explain how much this blog and your interest means to me.

Many Blessings for a Safe and Happy 2011,
a.k.a. Mom with a Mission


Julie Redfern said...

Glad that Abigail was safe another holiday. IT was great to see you guys and have a wonderful new year!

Paul said...

and it was great to see you all this holiday and also to know that such wonderful progress is being made with you guys.
Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing you soon
U Paul