A few years ago, my daughter was diagnosed with a life-threatening food allergy to, of all things, corn. Corn is in everything -- and I remember standing in my kitchen that day, having no clue what I could safely feed my child.
I'm a champion Googler, and so off I went, in search of some website that could help. I found that help at www.kidswithfoodallergies.org. It's an online community that's part of Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the largest and oldest advocacy group for asthma and allergy patients and their caregivers.
Fast forward to this March, when the dayjob I'd had for five years was eliminated due to budget cuts. I thought it was a catastrophe. I moaned and groaned to my Heartwarming sisters and to my fellow "POFAKs" (that's parents with food allergy kids) on the Kids With Food Allergy community.
But then something wonderful happened: AAFA came to me and told me about some job openings ... job openings that were perfect for me. It was a job I could do, with an organization and a cause I believed in. So I've accepted a position as a community outreach specialist with AAFA.
Part of the reason I was offered the position was my experience being a "POFAK." If my daughter had not had a food allergy, I would have never known about AAFA, never developed the skill set needed for this job. Whodathunkit?
Sometimes bad things happen -- and sometimes out of those bad things come wonderful opportunities. In my novel SWEET JUSTICE available this month, my heroine faces just this sort of situation. Out of the worst possible disaster comes her chance at love ... If only she will open her eyes to the possibilities.
I want to be able to see those silver linings. I want to be a Positive Polly and not a Negative Nellie. Maybe the next time disaster strikes, I'll remember this and remember the story I crafted in SWEET JUSTICE ... bad things can bring good, just like sunshine after the rain.
PS: If you have asthma, share a photo of how you #tackleasthma at www.tackleasthma.org and you'll get a chance at winning an autographed football by NY Giants running back Rashad Jennings!