Emotions for a child – a poem

Emotions for a child – a poem

In the days and weeks that followed my son’s diagnosis, no one could take away our pain or our grief. There isn’t really much that people can say or do to change it? You just have to ride the wave. A few weeks after the shock had settled I received a card and letter from my aunty. She, like all of our family, was hurting deeply for us.  She herself was hurting.  What does the future hold for our darling boy?  Her letter expresse her sorrow and grief.  She penned a beautiful poem. The words flowed from one parent to another. Words that simply could not be said.  Words that strike a chord deep inside. Words that are so special, so precious that they encapsulate every emotion we were feeling. A message I will never forget and always find comfort in.  She gave me permission to feel, feel everything. The parting words from her said simply: “The love just comes easy, you don’t have to try. Let little Matthew help you just live life and enjoy. He is wise beyond his years and will guide the way” Fourteen years later and it is still raw as ever.   Emotions of a Child is dedicated to all people affected by a life changing “diagnosis”.  I hope you find it as special as I do.     EMOTIONS FOR A CHILD by Kerri Trengove Sheer joy and wonder at the miracle of such a perfect, beautiful little bundle Shock and disbelief That your perfect little child has been given a ‘diagnosis’ “there must be a mistake” “I’m going to go to sleep...
Fuss free gluten & dairy free

Fuss free gluten & dairy free

Anyone will tell you, making major lifestyle changes can be overwhelming at best.  So when you are trying to implement sustainable dietary change for your whole family, who all have years of ingrained habits, it is no easy feat.  How do I know?  Because I would consider myself an accidental expert in change implementation on many fronts.  More specifically, we have evolved our diet significantly with many drastic changes over the past six years. You can read our back story here!  If you are considering a gluten and dairy free lifestyle, you needn’t be overwhelmed.  You do need to be organised and you do need support!  But fear not, I am here to help set you up for success!   Check out my 5 essential ‘going gluten and dairy free’ steps below… Have a strong reason why Plan, prepare, research and record Set up your kitchen Ask for support Bulk cooking and building your stock Have a strong reason why If you have decided to make dietary or lifestyle changes, they simply don’t happen overnight.  You need to have discipline, focus and determination.  If it is an off the cuff decision or a decision that is taken lightly, I am afraid you are setting yourself up to fall. If this is for a medical reason, my strong recommendation is that you be guided by a Naturopath, Integrative Medical Practitioner, Nutritionist or other specialised health professional.  We are guided by a naturopath who is passionate about realistic and sustainable good health & nutrition. She also undertakes diagnostic testing to ensure that my son’s health is being managed thoroughly and uses that with his...
Gluten & Dairy Free. Our Why!

Gluten & Dairy Free. Our Why!

Anyone will tell you, making major lifestyle changes can be overwhelming at best. So when you are trying to implement sustainable dietary change for your whole family, who all have years of ingrained habits, it is no easy feat. How do I know? Because I would consider myself an accidental expert in change implementation on many fronts. More specifically, we have evolved our diet significantly with many drastic changes over the past six years. Two years ago our whole family went on a radical dietary change to support my eldest son Matthew who, for health reasons, needed to try a gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar and processed food free lifestyle. We needed to drastically reduce the inflammation levels in his body and it was an overwhelming success.  At the time, Matthew had been taken off a strong medication to try and control the inflammation and the autoimmune reaction his body was having due to a pathogen called Aspergillus.  This is commonly known in CF circles as ABPA (allergic broncho pulmonary aspergillosis).  Matthew suffered a severe reaction to a medication called Methylprednisolone (a powerful steroid to reduce inflammation) and it was deemed that this was no longer a viable option for him.  At this stage, something had to give and so I turned to complimentary medicine with the blessing of Matthew’s doctor and supervision of the hospital dieticians. To say it was difficult wouldn’t really even start to explain those first days. I look back and wish I had have known what I do now. It didn’t need to be as hard as it was and there were many things I could have...