The Allergy Mom® Melissa Scheichl Provides Education and Support

Author, educational presenter, clinical social worker, psychotherapist and advocate are just a few of the many roles that Melissa Scheichl occupies. All these roles came about from being the mother of children with severe allergies. Her journey of learning and experiencing the impact of life threating allergies on her children propelled her to create, in 2010, the website and associated blog at TheAllergyMom.com. Since then Melissa has helped provide support and a forum for families to share their experiences as well as finding ways to educate the public about life threatening allergies.

The Allergy Mom® Melissa Scheichl Provides Education and Support

Melissa Scheichl

By Kristen Stewart
September 9th, 2020

Growing up Melissa Scheichl (aka The Allergy Mom®) of the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada, had both seasonal and food allergies and her mother suffered a dangerous anaphylactic reaction to a bee sting. As challenging and scary as these experiences were, however, allergies did not become a major focus of her life until her children were born almost 16 and 14 years ago.

“As a mom, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of your children,” she said. “My son Andrew's severe allergies to dust, dog dander and environmental allergies educated me on how to make our home and lives safer when dealing with environmental allergies. I learned about eczema, indoor air quality measures and how to alleviate seasonal and environmental allergy symptoms.” As if that wasn’t enough to handle, several years later her daughter Kate was born and diagnosed with severe life-threatening food allergies and asthma.

Melissa and her family watched Kate constantly, making sure she didn’t put goldfish crumbs or anything else dangerous in her mouth. However, just before her third birthday she had a bite of a granola bar that contained almonds. Despite testing negative to tree nuts on a skin test they quickly learned ingesting a food could cause a much different reaction. She suffered a dangerous attack of anaphylaxis.

“I felt completely traumatized and lost,” Melissa said about how she felt after the event. “I also felt grief—I felt the loss of normalcy for her and worried how this would change her life. At the time, there wasn’t a lot out there online and I felt very alone.”

She decided to share her story, hoping someone might read it and know there were others like them. In 2010 she began her website and associated blog at TheAllergyMom.com where she passed on information and tips she was learning and made meaningful connections with readers who in turn shared their own struggles and stories.

From there her activities in the allergy community snowballed. In addition to her website and blog she began giving educational presentations on topics ranging from how to prepare allergy-safe foods at daycares and preschools to anti-bullying information, the importance of self-care and more. She hosted a local support group for families to share their concerns and fears and serves as a subject matter expert on the topic of allergies and related diseases for magazines, newspapers and radio shows. She also presents information at conferences and has recently launched a podcast that can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more.

In addition to providing nuts-and-bolts guidance, Melissa recognized the stress involved and emotional toll it takes. “I also began running support groups and providing counseling for families who were newly diagnosed and wanting support and advice with the psychical and emotional aspects of managing severe allergies.” She went back to school and is now a clinical social worker and psychotherapist who provides counseling to individuals and their families or caregivers.

Today at ages almost 16 and 14 her children still have allergies but are doing well. As they have grown up she has realized there are different ages and stages to the allergy journey and has made issues that are particular to given ages the focus of her podcast.

“My daughter will be starting high school this year and along with that comes growing independence, wanting to spend more time with friends and venturing out into the world on her own more and more,” she said. “As an allergy mom, this means letting go of the reigns a little bit and having conversations with her about advocating and protecting herself in her day-to-day life with anaphylactic food allergies.”

Her children aren’t her only “babies” she is watching grow. She is working hard to expand her reach in educating for empathy and supporting her mission of making daily life easier for people with severe allergies and their families and caregivers. Her goals include more presence in the media including television appearances, publishing a book she has been working on, launching an online support group, continuing to support patients through her private practice and creating more programs to educate other health professionals and patients.

She has also written a mini e-book entitled, “The Allergy Mom: Top 5 Things You Should Do Following a Food Allergy Diagnosis” which is available on Amazon or for free when signing up on her website at TheAllergyMom.com.

For anyone looking to get involved in the allergy community to help educate and raise awareness, her advice is simple. “Start today!” she said. “Don’t be afraid to speak up and share your thoughts, stories, feelings, ideas and opinions. We need more people raising our collective voice to advocate and educate for empathy and reasonable risk reduction. Our mission is to make the world a safe place for those we love with allergies. There are so many ways to share your voice such as social media, blogging, writing and sharing your story with non-allergic communities to create awareness.”

For anyone wishing to speak with Melissa to learn more about her journey or advocacy and educational efforts feel free to reach out to her through her websites at TheAllergyMom.com and Choosinghealth.ca, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at 905-467-2626.

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