Sharon Wong is a San Francisco native and lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two teenaged sons. She's graduated from UC Berkeley (and an alumni parent, Go Bears!) and UCLA, worked as a teacher for many years before becoming a stay at home mom. She's currently an educator, advocate, and blogger at Nut Free Wok where she shares her nut-free Asian recipes and food allergy mom stories and experiences to help other families. Sharon and her advocacy have been featured on NBC Asian America, Healthline, PBS, various food allergy and asthma organizations, and local and national media.
Over 15 million people living in the United States are affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis and every 3 minutes a life-threatening allergic reaction sends people to the hospital. Both of her sons have food allergies, her younger son's nut allergies are so severe that just being near nuts have caused allergic reactions without even eating them. Sharon became very fired up about sharing food allergy awareness when one of her sons experienced food allergy discrimination and bullying at school.
People with food allergies are often told by medical experts to avoid certain foods, including Asian food. What does one do if one is Asian or loves Asian food? She started her blog Nut Free Wok: Allergy Aware Asian Fare (www.nutfreewok.com) to share her nut-free Asian recipes and allergy mom experiences. She is proud to be a mission ambassador for End Allergies Together, a national non-profit that funds food allergy research.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/freeman-means-business/support
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