Allergy Diagnosis, Medical Conditions & Exclusion Diets: Our Stories #FreeFromFridays

Thanks to everyone who joined in with Free From Fridays last week. Emma is putting together a round-up of her favourite posts from last week, so make sure you don’t miss it! As I was reading all the posts you linked, it made me think about my little lady’s allergy diagnosis and I also started wondering how others had felt when they or their little ones were on their journey to diagnosis.

Here are 10 stories. These are stories of allergy diagnosis, medical conditions or exclusion diets as a way to diminish the symptoms caused by an intolerance or medical condition. These stories are at the very core of our blogs, the reason most of us started writing them in the first place.


My baby girl was 6 months old when a trip to A&E confirmed what I’d had at the back of my mind for a couple of months: her little body was fighting food allergies.


When your preschooler is so poorly the call confirming Coeliac Disease comes as a relief…

Lils & William

Watching Katy’s emotion-filled vlog about her babies’ Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) reminded me of the early days with Jumpy.


Ciara is awaiting autism diagnosis for 3-year-old Finn. Cutting all dairy and gluten from Finn’s diet settled his stomach and progress with his speech, communication and general temperament were quickly evident.


At 8.30 p.m. on Thursday 10th April 2008, Rebecca’s world changed forever as her daughter Bethany was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.


“He was a miserable baby. He cried, he fussed, he didn’t sleep and generally seemed uncomfortable most of the time. At 10 weeks old he developed severe eczema and started losing weight. We were referred to a dermatologist and given strong steroid creams which helped but not one of the consultants suggested it could be allergy related.” by Emma at ‘The Free From Farmhouse‘ Does J’s story ring a bell?

Polly & Reneé

GAPS diet to heal your gut, change for the better, feel happier and healthier.


How a complete diet change and a tailored approach of Low Starch Paleo helped Jo get her life back on track after Ankylosing Spondylitis, a type of arthritis and autoimmune disease, robbed her of a large part of her 20s and 30s.


Eczema: just an itch, or a debilitating condition?

Claire’s daughter

Claire’s daughter, who is 12, has just been diagnosed with Coeliac disease. Read her story here.


When it feels like nothing (NOTHING!) is safe for your little boy…

What’s your story?

Allergy Diagnosis & #FreeFromFridays

We relaunched #FreeFromFridays last week and we are planning to grow our Facebook community to help you share and promote your ‘free from’ content. Just request an invite here. We’d love to have you!

What can I link to #FreeFromFridays?

  • Dairy free, gluten free, paleo, vegan or other ‘free from’ recipes
  • Dietary tips and information
  • Allergy, intolerance or coeliac advice
  • ‘Free from’ restaurants, products and travel

You can link up to Free From Fridays every week on ‘Free From Farmhouse’ and ‘Le Coin De Mel’ (c’est moi!). Find new blogs, comment on other great posts and we will choose our favourites to feature each week.

We’ll also be launching social media sharing threads to help us all grow and find relevant content to share.

If you know any other ‘free from’ bloggers who would love our community, please invite them to join too.


Over to you now!

Grab the badge and add your posts below, then read and share, share, share as many posts as you can. Emma and I are looking forward to a good read with a cuppa.

How to link up with #FreeFromFridays

What can I link?

Any blog post that features a recipe free from a common allergen (eg. milk, egg, nuts, gluten), posts about eczema, hay fever or allergy-related advice, travel, experience or information.

When can I link?

#FreeFromFridays opens on Friday and closes on the following Monday just before midnight.

Join the #FreeFromFridays Community!


Come and join our private group on Facebook a place where we can help each other, chat and grow.


We have a ‘Free From’ Fridays board on Pinterest. It is a good way to keep all those lovely ‘Free From’ posts in one place, ready to be shared. Everyone who takes part in #FreeFromFridays is welcome to join and add a pin for every pin they save onto one of their boards. If you fancy an invite, just make sure you follow me on Pinterest and ask in the comments section.

Instagram & Twitter Communities

Whenever you post a picture on Instagram or a tweet that is of anything ‘free from’, make sure you use hashtag #FreeFromFridays so we can find each other easily.

Please note that by adding a post to #FreeFromFridays, you are giving us permission to notify you of subsequent linkups and to use your photos if we are featuring your post.


  1. 06/10/2017 / 11:37 am

    Thank you for the mention. I am working on some recipes and I will hopefully join you again soon. I am enjoying finding new recipes to try out.

    • 06/10/2017 / 3:11 pm

      My pleasure! Please come and share your recipes when you start writing them up 🙂 x

  2. 06/10/2017 / 1:23 pm

    Thanks for including us darling! Big love to everyone else out there fighting allergies!!

    • 06/10/2017 / 3:10 pm

      My pleasure sweetie. Your strength and determination are always an inspiration. Love you lots. x

  3. 06/10/2017 / 3:34 pm

    Oh my, I must be shattered because seeing Beth’s diagnosis story made me cry (I never cry these days…dry as the Sahara Desert) all 10 stories are saddening, inspiring and heart warming all at the same time. I love everyone behind the keyboard because our written word brings us together xx

    • 06/10/2017 / 7:58 pm

      It really does, doesn’t it? I was actually feeling sick as I read Beth’s story and how her breath and using were smelling sweet… Crazy what our bodies do to tell us something’s not quite right. She’s certainly lucky to have a super mama like you! xxxx

    • 06/10/2017 / 10:16 pm

      My pleasure sweetie. As I was re-reading Roo’s story, I could hear you telling me the story in my head. xxx

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