This was a surprising read for me. Why? Because I had preconceived ideas about the content of the book. I expected to find a story of severe allergies (I did) and a belief that everyone should chage their lives to accommodate the person with allergies (I didn’t). This book had balance.
Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an allergic life by Sandra Beasley expanded my knowledge of allergy research and gave me food for thought (pun intended). I haven’t always known that I had food allergies and mine are generally not as life-threatening as Sandra’s. It seems that mind have had a more subtle and cumulative effect on my health. Nonetheless, my food allergies significantly impact the way I live.
Her writing style is engaging, even in the more technical descriptions of allergy and medicine. I found myself laughing at the descriptions I recognized all too well and deeply pondering the more challenging viewpoints. I highly recommend this book to anyone that even thinks they may have food sensitivities and it is a must-read for anyone that loves or lives with someone with life threatening allergies.